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Ben Lowsen

Ben Lowsen is a specialist in Chinese political and security affairs working as a China advisor for the U.S. Air Force’s Checkmate office. He previously worked as an Asia advisor for the U.S. Navy and served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer and China specialist. He completed tours of duty in Germany, Korea, Qatar, the Pentagon, and two tours in China, serving as Assistant U.S. Army Attaché in Beijing from 2013 to 2016.
Ben’s experience includes policy and strategy coordination, military-to-military engagement, intelligence production and analysis, and bilateral negotiation. He is interested in Chinese political and military culture as well as military modernization, reform, and strategy.
He is an active writer and speaker whose publications include book chapters, reportage, and commentary. He received an M.A. from Harvard’s Regional Studies—East Asia committee and a B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara in music performance. Follow him on Twitter.
The views expressed are his own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
Hong Kong: The Orchid and the Great Stone Wall
August 15, 2019
Hong Kong: The Orchid and the Great Stone Wall
The more tightly Beijing grasps Hong Kong, the more its control slips.
Hong Kong: The Orchid and the Great Stone Wall
China’s New Defense White Paper: Reading Between the Lines
July 30, 2019
China’s New Defense White Paper: Reading Between the Lines
Beijing walks a tightrope between peace and its conception of great power status.
China’s New Defense White Paper: Reading Between the Lines
What China Experts Miss about China and the US
July 09, 2019
What China Experts Miss about China and the US
A competitive stance is essential to working with China.
What China Experts Miss about China and the US
Is It Time for the United States to Recognize Taiwan?
June 29, 2019
Is It Time for the United States to Recognize Taiwan?
No, but all options are on the table.
Is It Time for the United States to Recognize Taiwan?
US-China Relations in Flux: The Road to a Showdown
February 06, 2019
US-China Relations in Flux: The Road to a Showdown
The United States is for the first time substantively responding to China’s rejection of international norms.
US-China Relations in Flux: The Road to a Showdown
China’s New Maximalism in Three Slogans
January 30, 2019
China’s New Maximalism in Three Slogans
Beijing ups the rhetorical ante.
China’s New Maximalism in Three Slogans
Does Sino-US Competition Mean a Zero Sum Game?
January 03, 2019
Does Sino-US Competition Mean a Zero Sum Game?
It may, but it doesn’t have to.
Does Sino-US Competition Mean a Zero Sum Game?
China’s Cultural Genocide and the Conscience of Nations
October 16, 2018
China’s Cultural Genocide and the Conscience of Nations
As China does its worst, the world must uphold the best.
China’s Cultural Genocide and the Conscience of Nations
China's Diplomacy Has a Monster in its Closet
October 13, 2018
China's Diplomacy Has a Monster in its Closet
Ultra-nationalism is damaging China’s credibility as its ambassadors indulge in curious, chauvinistic and all-too-official tirades.
China's Diplomacy Has a Monster in its Closet
Why Is China Attacking US Aircraft?
May 10, 2018
Why Is China Attacking US Aircraft?
China’s habit is to flout the rules, but a reckoning is coming.
Why Is China Attacking US Aircraft?
Is China Abandoning Its 'No First Use' Nuclear Policy?
March 21, 2018
Is China Abandoning Its 'No First Use' Nuclear Policy?
China is modernizing its nuclear arsenal. Will this affect its “No First Use” nuclear policy?
Is China Abandoning Its 'No First Use' Nuclear Policy?
Is China Inflicting a 'Century of Humiliation' on the World?
February 04, 2018
Is China Inflicting a 'Century of Humiliation' on the World?
China's questionable practices and laissez-faire attitude are buying it a reputation similar to the colonial powers that once tormented it.
Is China Inflicting a 'Century of Humiliation' on the World?
The 19th Party Congress and Its Implications for the PLA
November 14, 2017
The 19th Party Congress and Its Implications for the PLA
Xi Jinping is about to claim a level of control over the PLA not seen since Deng Xiaoping.
The 19th Party Congress and Its Implications for the PLA
US Combatant Commands With Chinese Flare: The PLA’s New Joint Command Structure
November 06, 2017
US Combatant Commands With Chinese Flare: The PLA’s New Joint Command Structure
A China specialist and a military strategist discuss The PLA’s emerging command structure.
US Combatant Commands With Chinese Flare: The PLA’s New Joint Command Structure
Future Military Conflict in Asia: 3 Wars for the Price of One
November 05, 2017
Future Military Conflict in Asia: 3 Wars for the Price of One
War in one area of Asia is likely to spread to others.
Future Military Conflict in Asia: 3 Wars for the Price of One
China’s Maritime Operation: The 'Gray Zone' in Black and White
May 18, 2017
China’s Maritime Operation: The 'Gray Zone' in Black and White
There is no problem in the “gray zone” because the “gray zone” does not exist.
China’s Maritime Operation: The 'Gray Zone' in Black and White
Would China Use Nuclear Weapons in a War With Taiwan?
February 17, 2017
Would China Use Nuclear Weapons in a War With Taiwan?
China insists on "No First Use" of nukes, but the threat remains.
Would China Use Nuclear Weapons in a War With Taiwan?
The Four Types of China Engager: Which Are You?
January 28, 2017
The Four Types of China Engager: Which Are You?
Dragon Slayer, Diplomat, Sinologist, or Panda Hugger, where do you fit in?
The Four Types of China Engager: Which Are You?
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 5): Ancient China’s Military Scientists
September 13, 2016
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 5): Ancient China’s Military Scientists
Two military scientists from China’s past and their meaning to the modern PLA.
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 5): Ancient China’s Military Scientists
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 4): Rescue!
August 23, 2016
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 4): Rescue!
Follow the Chinese Army into danger from the safety of your home.
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 4): Rescue!
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 3): Mao’s Generals
July 29, 2016
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 3): Mao’s Generals
The hallowed halls of the Helmsman’s hardies.
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 3): Mao’s Generals
Meet the Future PLA Carrier Strike Group: Main Equipment of the Chinese PLA Navy
June 22, 2016
Meet the Future PLA Carrier Strike Group: Main Equipment of the Chinese PLA Navy
Summary of main equipment of the People's Liberation Army Navy.
Meet the Future PLA Carrier Strike Group: Main Equipment of the Chinese PLA Navy
A Comparison of Chinese and American Military Culture
June 16, 2016
A Comparison of Chinese and American Military Culture
When East Meets West.
A Comparison of Chinese and American Military Culture
The True Crimes of Chinese PLA General Guo Boxiong
June 15, 2016
The True Crimes of Chinese PLA General Guo Boxiong
Chinese PLA Gen. Guo Boxiong and colleague Gen. Xu Caihou are most guilty of being politically incorrect.
The True Crimes of Chinese PLA General Guo Boxiong
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