Category: Asia

A Closer Look at Iran and North Korea’s Missile Cooperation

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On May 2, 2017, the Iranian military conducted a missile test from a Ghadir-class submarine in the Strait of the Hormuz. Even though the missile test failed, the close similarities between Iran’s Ghadir-class submarine and North Korea’s Yono-class miniature submarine…

China Pushes Back on Japan, New Zealand Statement on South China Sea

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China pushed back on a recent statement by Japan and New Zealand on the South China Sea. Released after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s meeting with his New Zealand counterpart Bill English during a bilateral visit last week, the statement…

China’s Vision of the Future Networked Battlefield

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Cyber, space and electronic warfare challenges to the US in the Western Pacific Compared to the extensive coverage on China’s traditional war-fighting capabilities (e.g. its ‘carrier killer’ anti-ship missiles) far less ink has been spilled on Chinese thinking on the…

One Belt, One Road: an economic roadmap

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OBOR IN AFRICA SGR: a window on Africa opportunities and risks One of the highest-pro le infrastructure projects in East Africa is Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). At an estimated total cost of KSh1.2trn (US$14bn), the SGR constitutes the largest…

Kim Jung-un comes to Maduro’s aid

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Observers are wondering just how involved the North Korean Praetorian Guard that Pyongyang has sent to assist Venezuelan leader Micolas Maduro will become. Hugo Chavez’ successor has declared a state of emergency in the country while anti-government protests continue to mount. The man…

Military Modernization and the Future of Warfare in Asia

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What do military modernization programs in Asia tell us about the future of warfare in the region? According to Sunil Dasgupta, the area’s states are betting that 1) nuclear deterrence will work; 2) potential conflicts will not globalize or affect…

Get Smart: Chinese Spy Edition

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Posted by Clif Burns at 4:51 pm on September 24, 2014  Category: Arms Export • Criminal Penalties • DDTC • Technical Data Export Meet Charlie and Alice, two self-professed PRC spies who branched out from smuggling crystal meth into the United States to attempting to export airplanes and military…

China practicing for “short, sharp war” against Japan, says intelligence report

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A U.S. Navy intelligence analyst believes that China is preparing for a “short, sharp war” with Japan as the People’s Liberation Army were seen conducting training drills that seem to simulate the taking over of the disputed Senkakus. While the uninhabited group of…

Asia – Key economic/political issues in 2014

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Across much of Asia, 2013 proved unexpectedly testing. Demand from the US and the EU remained sluggish, while the threat of an end to the asset-purchasing programme of the Federal Reserve (the US central bank) sent many Asian currencies tumbling…