America’s policy of opposing the proliferation of nuclear weapons needs to be more nuanced. What works for the United States in the Middle East may not in Asia. We do not want Iran or Saudi Arabia to get the bomb, but why not Australia, Japan, and South Korea? We are opposed to nuclear weapons because [...]
The Asia-Pacific naval market is heating up, with massive quantities of new ships to boost regional navies in coming years.
According to AMI International, a US-based naval analysis firm, Asia-Pacific has already surpassed Europe as the world’s second largest naval market. AMI projects the region will spend $200 billion on new ships and submarines by [...]
United States Pacific Fleet commander Harry Binkley Harris Jr has said China’s rapid military growth and aggressiveness toward its neighbors threatens to result in a potentially disastrous miscalculation in the Asia-Pacific region, reports Huanqiu, the Chinese-language website of China’s nationalistic tabloid Global Times.
Admiral Harris criticized China at a forum held by the Australian Strategic [...]
“We will reshape the regional order as we become more powerful and Japan will simply have to accept this new reality.”
The air defense identification zone (ADIZ) that China declared in November 2013 serves several possible purposes. One is to undermine Japan’s sovereign claims over the Senkakus. Beijing may also be seeking to drive a [...]
Dictatorial regimes are subjecting the democratic West to two spectacles of weakness: the seeming inability to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine and to counter China’s aggression in the South China Sea. In both cases, a failure to respond will only invite a greater challenge and the specter of war.
While the Obama administration and [...]
The United States and its military partners are reaching for new tools to counter an unconventional ”three warfares” strategy that China is using to advance aggressive territorial claims, says a Pentagon report.
It says the People’s Liberation Army is using what it calls ”legal warfare”, ”media warfare” and ”psychological warfare” to augment its arsenal of [...]
Premier Li Keqiang delivered a warning to Southeast Asian countries with whom China is embroiled in territorial disputes, saying that China will “respond firmly to provocations.”
His remarks, in a speech also peppered with calls for regional cooperation, follow a move by the Philippines last month to challenge China’s claims [...]
‘Defense Minister Chang Wanquan fired back: China, he said, has “indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu” — as the Chinese call the islands — while noting that the “Chinese military can assemble as soon as summoned, fight any battle and win.”‘
Beijing’s position on the islands is clear. But are the Senkakus dessert, [...]
” In short, China’s rise is unlikely to be tranquil.”
Offensive realism offers important insights into China’s rise. My argument in a nutshell is that if China continues to grow economically, it will attempt to dominate Asia the way the United States dominates the Western Hemisphere. The United States, however, will go to enormous lengths [...]
A diplomatic standoff between China and the Philippines that flared up two years ago in a dispute over fishing rights at a tiny shoal in the South China Sea is coming to a head after Manila decided to ignore Chinese threats and sue Beijing in an international tribunal.
“What kind of great power will [...]