Posts tagged "China"
Unofficially Official: The U.S. Rebalance to Asia-Pacific and  the U.S.-Japan-Taiwan alliance

Unofficially Official: The U.S. Rebalance to Asia-Pacific and the U.S.-Japan-Taiwan alliance

Co-author: Misato Matsuoka* There is a lot of buzz about U.S. rebalancing policy, but at the end of the day it is not a massive policy change from the U.S. perspective and neither is it one from the perspective of U.S. allies and partners, old and emerging ones, in the region. The increase of a...

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Senkaku Breakthrough: Taiwan and Japan agree on fishing rights

Japan and Taiwan have signed a ground-breaking agreement on fishing rights that leaves China isolated in the territorial dispute over Senkaku/Diaoyutai islands. According to Taipei Times, major elements of the agreement are: intervention-free fishing zone for Taiwanese fishing boats in waters between 27° north latitude and the Sakishima Islands, Okinawa Prefecture; furthermore, Taiwan is given...

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Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Last week STRATFOR posted an in-depth analysis of Chinese espionage in the US during 2010. The post comes as French car manufacturer Renault (alongside the national counter-intelligence agency, DCRI) investigate leaks to an unnamed foreign state after restricted information on the company’s electric vehicle development made its way into the hands of ‘persons unknown’. The...

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China Military Watch: Week 1

China Military Watch: Week 1

As this blog enters its fourth week, one theme that has consistently cropped up in the news is the issue of Chinese military developments. This post marks the first in an ongoing series tracking media and blogger reactions to the growth of China’s military capabilities. Fear China: Danger Before the Doom? By J. Robert Smith...

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Weekend Update: Jan 23 2011

Weekend Update: Jan 23 2011

#1: Obama Hears a Hu Chinese President Hu Jintao was in the US this week for what was expected to be his ‘legacy’ visit. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem that any concrete political developments came out of the talks besides pledges for closer cooperation. As The Daily Beast summed up concisely, ‘Obama didn’t get the concessions...

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Weekend Update: Jan 16 2011

Weekend Update: Jan 16 2011

#1: US-China arms race? US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was in Beijing to discuss improving military ties between the US and China. On his arrival, the PLAAF tested their new J-20 fighter, apparently without telling President Hu Jintao. The test signalled “the military’s opposition to Gates’s trip and to U.S. efforts to improve military connections...

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Defense Minister Kitazawa Talks to WaPo

After meeting with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa found that time to sit down and talk with the Washington Post about China’s new toys, Japanese military development, and ties with the US: POST: In terms of Japan increasing its capabilities, the secretary of defense, when he was in China,...

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Is China the Reason Behind Japan’s Push for S. Korean Ties?

Charlie Reed at the Stars and Stripes quotes Denny Roy of the East-West Center in Hawaii as saying: “North Korea provides the political excuse for what would otherwise be a strategic move” against China, Roy said. “It’s a fig leaf.” “Japan-South Korea defense cooperation is an example of what the Chinese want to avoid,” said...

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Eric Margolis on the Chinese Naval 'Threat'

Eric Margolis on the Chinese Naval ‘Threat’

Yesterday, Eric Margolis wrote for the most succinct article yet on China’s growing naval capabilities and the threat they post to the US. From the Huffington Post: Over the past decade, China has been slowly building the capability to force the US Navy away from its coasts and deep in the Pacific. Beijing was horrified and mortified...

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Japan help defend Taiwan? Yes. (Say what?)

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=27.098254,125.266113&spn=15.30177,20.148926&t=h&z=6 width=600 height=600 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] Earlier this year the Asahi Shimbun polled Japanese citizens on how they viewed security matters. (I’ve since lost the actual article, but several Taiwanese articles, including this one at the China Post, went on to quote it.) The results were somewhat surprising. The numbers look like this: Should...

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Weekend Summary: Jan 9 2011

Weekend Summary: Jan 9 2011

Is Kim Jong-il laughing at us? by Borut Peterlin via Flickr North Korea offers unconditional talks On Jan 5, the North Korea’s state media carried an open-armed call for the resumption of reunification talks. “It is the review of the past three years that the issue of inter-Korean relations can never be solved by confrontation...

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Mid-Week Summary: Jan 5 2011

Mid-Week Summary: Jan 5 2011

Aerial view of Kadena Air Base via Wikipedia Japan, US agree to relocate F-15 training from Kadena to Guam This is part of a large move relocating forces from Okinawa to Guam, but is only a minor victory for the Japanese government who remain unable to effect any larger move.   US drops AEGIS system...

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