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Trefor Moss

Trefor Moss is an independent journalist based in Hong Kong. He covers Asian politics, defence and security, and was Asia-Pacific Editor at Jane’s Defence Weekly until 2009. He can be followed on Twitter @Trefor1.

Okinawa & Futenma: Deal Or No Deal?
January 16, 2014
Okinawa & Futenma: Deal Or No Deal?
Tokyo appears to be on the verge of finally settling the controversial issue. Will it succeed?
Okinawa & Futenma: Deal Or No Deal?
China and Japan: Uprating National Security
December 05, 2013
China and Japan: Uprating National Security
Both countries are trying to centralize security decision-making. Could this help avoid a clash?
China and Japan: Uprating National Security
Japan’s New (Defensive) Attack Force
November 03, 2013
Japan’s New (Defensive) Attack Force
Japan’s rapid moves to develop an amphibious capability is sending a clear signal on a certain group of disputed islands.
Japan’s New (Defensive) Attack Force
History Wars: A Long View of Asia's Territorial Disputes
September 15, 2013
History Wars: A Long View of Asia's Territorial Disputes
The Diplomat takes a look at the long and complex background to some of the region’s most intractable disputes.
History Wars: A Long View of Asia's Territorial Disputes
More Megaprojects? What China’s Rebalancing Means for Asia
September 01, 2013
More Megaprojects? What China’s Rebalancing Means for Asia
China’s growth may be slowing, but that doesn’t mean its economic presence in Asia will diminish.
More Megaprojects? What China’s Rebalancing Means for Asia
Okinawa: the Scotland of Asia?
July 24, 2013
Okinawa: the Scotland of Asia?
Some Okinawans feel they are in line for a shot at self-determination. Will Chinese interest help or hinder their cause?
Okinawa: the Scotland of Asia?
Southeast Asia: The Next Crisis?
June 24, 2013
Southeast Asia: The Next Crisis?
The region’s overheated economy faces a period of adjustment – and for some countries the correction could prove very painful.
Southeast Asia: The Next Crisis?
Soft Power? China Has Plenty
June 04, 2013
Soft Power? China Has Plenty
China has little attractive power – in the West. But then not everyone is watching China through Western eyes.
Soft Power? China Has Plenty
America's Pivot to Asia: A Report Card
May 05, 2013
America's Pivot to Asia: A Report Card
The pivot is a smart policy which is more nuanced than most people realize. But its China blind spot could be its undoing.
America's Pivot to Asia: A Report Card
Is Cyber War the New Cold War?
April 19, 2013
Is Cyber War the New Cold War?
China and the U.S. both want a rules-based cyberspace, but do not see eye to eye. A potentially dangerous Cyber Cold War awaits if they cannot agree on some rules of engagement.
Is Cyber War the New Cold War?
Here Come...China's Drones
March 02, 2013
Here Come...China's Drones
China is developing its own drone technology -- for its own military and for sale around the world.
Here Come...China's Drones
7 Reasons China and Japan Won't Go To War
February 10, 2013
7 Reasons China and Japan Won't Go To War
Even as tensions between Beijing and Tokyo grow by the day, there are good reasons to believe outright conflict can be avoided.
7 Reasons China and Japan Won't Go To War
Russia and China Close to SU-35 Deal...Again
November 30, 2012
Russia and China Close to SU-35 Deal...Again
Signs point to a possible deal for China to acquire 24 advanced SU-35 aircraft from Russia.
Russia and China Close to SU-35 Deal...Again
ASEAN: A Diplomatic Dead End?
November 23, 2012
ASEAN: A Diplomatic Dead End?
Tensions flared once again over the South China Sea at the recent ASEAN summit.
ASEAN: A Diplomatic Dead End?
America's Prudent Pivot
November 17, 2012
America's Prudent Pivot
Far from destabilizing Asia, a bolstered U.S. presence softens the instability regional changes create.
America's Prudent Pivot
Hu Jintao: Still "Commander-in-Chief"
November 02, 2012
Hu Jintao: Still "Commander-in-Chief"
As Xi Jinping ascends to the top of China's leadership, Hu Jintao will still retain a critically important role.
Hu Jintao: Still "Commander-in-Chief"
Softer Side of America's "Pivot"
October 29, 2012
Softer Side of America's "Pivot"
By expanding military-to-military contacts and joint training, America is using a softer application of its hard power to good effect.
Softer Side of America's "Pivot"
$100 Billion For China's Railroads
October 19, 2012
$100 Billion For China's Railroads
With Beijing spending massive amounts of money on its rail network, corruption has seeped in. Could the PLA suffer the same fate?
$100 Billion For China's Railroads
Is China's Military Worn Out?
October 12, 2012
Is China's Military Worn Out?
From internal security, national defense and the expansion of strategic interests across the globe - is China's military overstretched?
Is China's Military Worn Out?
China's Stealth Attack on the F-35
September 27, 2012
China's Stealth Attack on the F-35
China's new stealth jet is eerily similar to the U.S.-made F-35 and F-22. Considering the F-35's problems and costs, speculation is mounting.
China's Stealth Attack on the F-35
For China and Japan: The Perfect Distraction?
September 17, 2012
For China and Japan: The Perfect Distraction?
Why the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute serves as a dangerous form of distracting nationalism.
For China and Japan: The Perfect Distraction?
The Neverending Story: Drama in the South China Sea
September 07, 2012
The Neverending Story: Drama in the South China Sea
While many have put their faith in a Code of Conduct some wonder if China is stalling for time. A real solution may take years, if ever.
The Neverending Story: Drama in the South China Sea
China's Restrained Nationalism
August 28, 2012
China's Restrained Nationalism
Chinese leaders have displayed more self-control when it comes to sovereignty issues than their counterparts in Asia.
China's Restrained Nationalism
Asia's New Arms Race: Missiles, Missile Defenses
August 27, 2012
Asia's New Arms Race: Missiles, Missile Defenses
Asia's great powers have begun a race to develop long-range missiles, and the means to defend themselves.
Asia's New Arms Race: Missiles, Missile Defenses
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