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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
Japanese Defense Ministry: 'Unusual' Chinese Military Air Activities Increase Near Japan's Airspace
October 16, 2017
Japanese Defense Ministry: 'Unusual' Chinese Military Air Activities Increase Near Japan's Airspace
Total Air Self-Defense Force scrambles dropped slightly from 2016, but Japan remains concerned.
Japanese Defense Ministry: 'Unusual' Chinese Military Air Activities Increase Near Japan's Airspace
Chinese Defense Ministry to Japan: 'Get Used To' PLAAF Operations Through the Miyako Strait
July 17, 2017
Chinese Defense Ministry to Japan: 'Get Used To' PLAAF Operations Through the Miyako Strait
China wants Japan to get used to seeing its military vessels and aircraft transit the Miyako Strait.
Chinese Defense Ministry to Japan: 'Get Used To' PLAAF Operations Through the Miyako Strait
Chinese Navy Type 815 Intelligence Ship Transits Tsugaru Strait in Northern Japan
July 04, 2017
Chinese Navy Type 815 Intelligence Ship Transits Tsugaru Strait in Northern Japan
A Chinese Navy spy ship transited waters separating the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. Why does that matter?
Chinese Navy Type 815 Intelligence Ship Transits Tsugaru Strait in Northern Japan
For Third Time Ever, China Shows Off Its DF-16 Medium-Range Ballistic Missile
February 07, 2017
For Third Time Ever, China Shows Off Its DF-16 Medium-Range Ballistic Missile
The DF-16 was first seen publicly in a September 2015 military parade.
For Third Time Ever, China Shows Off Its DF-16 Medium-Range Ballistic Missile
East China Sea: Japan Reacts as Chinese Air Force Conducts Miyako Strait Drill
September 26, 2016
East China Sea: Japan Reacts as Chinese Air Force Conducts Miyako Strait Drill
Several types of Chinese military aircraft transited the strategically important strait.
East China Sea: Japan Reacts as Chinese Air Force Conducts Miyako Strait Drill
China's Air Force Revisits the Bashi Channel. Here's Why That Matters
September 13, 2016
China's Air Force Revisits the Bashi Channel. Here's Why That Matters
The Bashi Channel is seldom discussed, but bears great strategic relevance for the People's Liberation Army.
China's Air Force Revisits the Bashi Channel. Here's Why That Matters
How Chinese Analysts Understand Taiwan’s Geostrategic Significance
March 11, 2016
How Chinese Analysts Understand Taiwan’s Geostrategic Significance
As the world fixates on the South China Sea, Chinese describe Taiwan as the regional key.
How Chinese Analysts Understand Taiwan’s Geostrategic Significance
Afghanistan's NDS and Pakistan's ISI Give Cooperation Another Try
February 06, 2016
Afghanistan's NDS and Pakistan's ISI Give Cooperation Another Try
Plus, India-U.S. carrier cooperation, Thailand's new OPV, and more. Weekend links.
Afghanistan's NDS and Pakistan's ISI Give Cooperation Another Try
Why China Will Base an Aircraft Carrier Near the South China Sea
August 05, 2015
Why China Will Base an Aircraft Carrier Near the South China Sea
The real reasons China is so interested in the South China Sea.
Why China Will Base an Aircraft Carrier Near the South China Sea
What Can Mussolini’s Navy Teach Us About Chinese Naval Power?
March 16, 2015
What Can Mussolini’s Navy Teach Us About Chinese Naval Power?
The history of the Italian navy offers great lessons why overestimating your enemy’s capabilities is dangerous.
What Can Mussolini’s Navy Teach Us About Chinese Naval Power?
China's Two-Front Diplomacy: 'Go West' and 'Leap East'
September 12, 2014
China's Two-Front Diplomacy: 'Go West' and 'Leap East'
China is expanding ties to its west as well as eastward across the Pacific Ocean.
China's Two-Front Diplomacy: 'Go West' and 'Leap East'
Can China Legitimate Its Would-Be Hegemony in Asia?
August 07, 2014
Can China Legitimate Its Would-Be Hegemony in Asia?
It may dominate the region, but would Chinese hegemony be something more than despotism?
Can China Legitimate Its Would-Be Hegemony in Asia?
Japan to Build Defense Camps Near Disputed Islands
May 20, 2014
Japan to Build Defense Camps Near Disputed Islands
GSDF camps are to be built on three islands near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands to handle “remote island attacks.”
Japan to Build Defense Camps Near Disputed Islands
With ADIZ, China Emerges As Regional Rule-Maker
December 06, 2013
With ADIZ, China Emerges As Regional Rule-Maker
More ADIZs will follow as China goes further in setting up its own rules in its near abroad.
With ADIZ, China Emerges As Regional Rule-Maker
China’s Hubris on the High Seas
December 02, 2013
China’s Hubris on the High Seas
Despite all the hype, the PLA Navy’s achievements remain relatively modest.
China’s Hubris on the High Seas
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