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South China Sea: What China's First Strategic Bomber Landing on Woody Island Means
May 22, 2018
South China Sea: What China's First Strategic Bomber Landing on Woody Island Means
Expect these bombers to come to one of China's three airstrip-equipped Spratly artificial islands soon.
South China Sea: What China's First Strategic Bomber Landing on Woody Island Means
Working with Vietnam, Russia's Rosneft Draws China’s Ire
May 19, 2018
Working with Vietnam, Russia's Rosneft Draws China’s Ire
Rosneft is a crucial arm of Russian foreign policy, yet functions at times without direct Kremlin involvement.
Working with Vietnam, Russia's Rosneft Draws China’s Ire
Trump's 'Libya Model' Remark on North Korea Was a Threat and May Sink the June 12 Summit
May 18, 2018
Trump's 'Libya Model' Remark on North Korea Was a Threat and May Sink the June 12 Summit
Trump tried to reassure Kim, but instead ended up reminding him why he needs his nuclear weapons.
Trump's 'Libya Model' Remark on North Korea Was a Threat and May Sink the June 12 Summit
South Korea's Second <em>Dokdo</em>-class Assault Carrier and the Future of the ROKN
May 17, 2018
South Korea's Second Dokdo-class Assault Carrier and the Future of the ROKN
South Korea is wealthy enough and has a sufficiently robust shipbuilding industry to try its hand at larger carriers.
South Korea's Second Dokdo-class Assault Carrier and the Future of the ROKN
Does China Have a ‘Blacklist’ of Taiwan ‘Separatists’?
May 17, 2018
Does China Have a ‘Blacklist’ of Taiwan ‘Separatists’?
Even if the blacklist doesn't currently exist, China's habit of extraterritorial abductions makes it all too plausible.
Does China Have a ‘Blacklist’ of Taiwan ‘Separatists’?
North Korea Cancels High-level Inter-Korean Meeting, Threatens US Summit Cancellation, Over US-ROK Exercises
May 16, 2018
North Korea Cancels High-level Inter-Korean Meeting, Threatens US Summit Cancellation, Over US-ROK Exercises
North Korea unexpectedly cancelled a high-level inter-Korean summit, throwing recent diplomatic rapprochement into question.
North Korea Cancels High-level Inter-Korean Meeting, Threatens US Summit Cancellation, Over US-ROK Exercises
US Intelligence: North Korean Nuclear Test Site Modifications Would Take 'Weeks to Months' to Reverse
May 15, 2018
US Intelligence: North Korean Nuclear Test Site Modifications Would Take 'Weeks to Months' to Reverse
North Korea is making significant alterations to its nuclear test site, but none that are irreversible just yet.
US Intelligence: North Korean Nuclear Test Site Modifications Would Take 'Weeks to Months' to Reverse
Could the US Navy Blockade China in Wartime?
May 14, 2018
Could the US Navy Blockade China in Wartime?
Blockading mainland China presents a range of strategic setbacks for the United States.
Could the US Navy Blockade China in Wartime?
We Need to Talk About North Korea's Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missiles
May 14, 2018
We Need to Talk About North Korea's Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missiles
Zeroing in on North Korea's intercontinental-range ballistic missiles is a counterproductive approach for the Trump administration.
We Need to Talk About North Korea's Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missiles
As China's Type 001A Carrier Enters Sea Trials, What's Next for the PLAN's Carrier Force?
May 14, 2018
As China's Type 001A Carrier Enters Sea Trials, What's Next for the PLAN's Carrier Force?
China's first indigenously built and designed carrier is an important milestone for the PLAN.
As China's Type 001A Carrier Enters Sea Trials, What's Next for the PLAN's Carrier Force?
China Flies Su-35 Fighters Over Bashi Channel for First Time
May 12, 2018
China Flies Su-35 Fighters Over Bashi Channel for First Time
Chinese Su-35 fighter jets and H-6K bombers circled Taiwan during a long-range patrol.
China Flies Su-35 Fighters Over Bashi Channel for First Time
China’s Security Gambit in the Indian Ocean
May 11, 2018
China’s Security Gambit in the Indian Ocean
Should China’s expanding naval footprint in the Indian Ocean be a cause for concern?
China’s Security Gambit in the Indian Ocean
China’s Risky Plan for Floating Nuclear Power Plants In The South China Sea
May 10, 2018
China’s Risky Plan for Floating Nuclear Power Plants In The South China Sea
Such plants would present serious safety hazards for China and Southeast Asia.
China’s Risky Plan for Floating Nuclear Power Plants In The South China Sea
Trump Withdraws US From Iran Deal, Reimposes Sanctions: Here's What's Next
May 09, 2018
Trump Withdraws US From Iran Deal, Reimposes Sanctions: Here's What's Next
Trump did not announce any Iranian material violations of the 2015 nuclear accord.
Trump Withdraws US From Iran Deal, Reimposes Sanctions: Here's What's Next
Decoding China's Aerospace Technology Transfer Strategy
May 09, 2018
Decoding China's Aerospace Technology Transfer Strategy
China’s own technology transfer policies may be keeping Chinese firms from accessing the world's most advanced equipment.
Decoding China's Aerospace Technology Transfer Strategy
More Than Meets the Eye: The 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit
May 08, 2018
More Than Meets the Eye: The 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit
Wednesday’s trilateral summit will add momentum to — and raise the stakes for — the upcoming Trump-Kim meeting.
More Than Meets the Eye: The 2018 Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit
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