Xi Jinping’s Dictum of “Building a World Class Military”
Security,China
By Amrita Jash - 15 Nov 2018

Xi Jinping’s Dictum of “Building a World Class Military”

Chinese President Xi Jinping said: “Lagging behind on the military front is lethal to the security of the country. I have read a lot on China’s modern history, and it gives me great pain whenever I come across a time when we dropped back (in military building) and fell victim to invasions”.
The “Blueprints for Management of the South China Sea”: A Critique
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 01 Nov 2018

The “Blueprints for Management of the South China Sea”: A Critique

Where Should We Go Next? Opportunities and Challenges in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

By Shicun Wu - 31 Oct 2018

Where Should We Go Next? Opportunities and Challenges in the South China Sea

The 2018 Xiangshan Forum: Regional Issues and the North Korean Entrance
Politics,Security,China

The 2018 Xiangshan Forum: Regional Issues and the North Korean Entrance

The Xiangshan Forum, one of East Asia’s premier security forums, is being held in Beijing from October 24 to 26, 2018. What has attracted the attention of international observers is Pyongyang sending a delegation led by two heavyweights.
By Tai Wei Lim - 26 Oct 2018 | 12 comments Read more...
China’s Military Reform: The Quest for “Jointness” in Action
Security,China

China’s Military Reform: The Quest for “Jointness” in Action

The strategic move of restructuring China’s arm forces is aimed at building a joint battle system and strengthening joint command ensuring the People’s Liberation Army’s capability of “fighting and winning battles and effectively safeguarding China’s national security.”
By Amrita Jash - 25 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Decatur Episode: Time for a US-China Incidents at Sea Agreement?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Decatur Episode: Time for a US-China Incidents at Sea Agreement?

The near-collision between the United States warship Decatur and a Chinese warship in September 2018 is only the most recent in a series of near misses between their warships and warplanes in and over the South China Sea.
China, Japan and the Crisis Management Mechanism in the East China Sea
Politics,Security,East Asia

China, Japan and the Crisis Management Mechanism in the East China Sea

At Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 9, 2018, the “Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism between the defense authorities of China and Japan” was set up to prevent accidental clashes in the air and at sea.
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North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unprecedented four trips to North Korea in 2018. His mission for the fourth trip was quite clear — to sustain the momentum of the peace process started from the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Debate over China Takes a Dangerous Turn
Security,Hotspots,China

Debate over China Takes a Dangerous Turn

The articles by Gordon Chang in response to Lyle Goldstein’s posted in the National Interest contain several inappropriate innuendos. One of Chang’s statements is: “Wars start because aggressors read articles like Lyle Goldstein’s and think they can take what they want.”
The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea

The National Interest has published Denny Roy’s critique of Hu Bo’s recent article regarding China and the South China Sea. His piece contains some unfair innuendos and errors of fact.
Issues Surrounding the China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism
Politics,Security,East Asia

Issues Surrounding the China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism

The China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism, activated on June 8, 2018, is a crisis management mechanism established by the defense departments of both countries to prevent friction or conflict in their frontline forces of the sea and air.
By Xiaobo Liu - 24 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations

An unfavorable outcome in the mid-term elections for Trump will likely be leveraged by the Kim regime to extract a maximum number of concessions from the US and stakeholders to pursue economic development and retain his strategic nuclear deterrent.
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