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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.

Posts by Trefor Moss
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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.

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.

November 23, 2012

ASEAN: A Diplomatic Dead End?

Tensions flared once again over the South China Sea at the recent ASEAN summit.

November 17, 2012

America's Prudent Pivot

Far from destabilizing Asia, a bolstered U.S. presence softens the instability regional changes create.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

September 17, 2012

For China and Japan: The Perfect Distraction?

Why the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute serves as a dangerous form of distracting nationalism.

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.

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.

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