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Ben Lowsen

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.
Posts by Ben Lowsen
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January 30, 2019

China’s New Maximalism in Three Slogans

By Ben Lowsen
Beijing ups the rhetorical ante.
January 03, 2019

Does Sino-US Competition Mean a Zero Sum Game?

By Ben Lowsen
It may, but it doesn’t have to.

October 16, 2018

China’s Cultural Genocide and the Conscience of Nations

By Ben Lowsen
As China does its worst, the world must uphold the best.

October 13, 2018

China's Diplomacy Has a Monster in its Closet

By Ben Lowsen
Ultra-nationalism is damaging China’s credibility as its ambassadors indulge in curious, chauvinistic and all-too-official tirades.

May 10, 2018

Why Is China Attacking US Aircraft?

By Ben Lowsen
China’s habit is to flout the rules, but a reckoning is coming.
March 21, 2018

Is China Abandoning Its 'No First Use' Nuclear Policy?

By Ben Lowsen
China is modernizing its nuclear arsenal. Will this affect its “No First Use” nuclear policy?

February 04, 2018

Is China Inflicting a 'Century of Humiliation' on the World?

By Ben Lowsen
China's questionable practices and laissez-faire attitude are buying it a reputation similar to the colonial powers that once tormented it.
November 14, 2017

The 19th Party Congress and Its Implications for the PLA

By Ben Lowsen
Xi Jinping is about to claim a level of control over the PLA not seen since Deng Xiaoping.

November 06, 2017

US Combatant Commands With Chinese Flare: The PLA’s New Joint Command Structure

By Ben Lowsen and Wilson VornDick
A China specialist and a military strategist discuss The PLA’s emerging command structure.

November 05, 2017

Future Military Conflict in Asia: 3 Wars for the Price of One

By Ben Lowsen
War in one area of Asia is likely to spread to others.

May 18, 2017

China’s Maritime Operation: The 'Gray Zone' in Black and White

By Ben Lowsen
There is no problem in the “gray zone” because the “gray zone” does not exist.
February 17, 2017

Would China Use Nuclear Weapons in a War With Taiwan?

By Ben Lowsen
China insists on "No First Use" of nukes, but the threat remains.

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