Category: Asia

China and the Politics of Space Control

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By Richard Weitz In late August, 2018 the Chinese Foreign Ministry published its position paper regarding the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, which will run from September 18 and October 5 in New York. In this document, Beijing…

The return of political risk for Xi

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The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wraps up its annual summer retreat at the northern coastal town of Beidaihe. The meeting comes amid signs of dissent within the Chinese political system as the president, Xi Jinping, struggles to manage an intensifying…

Japan Deploys Flotilla to South China Sea

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Three ships of Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) departed on August 26th for a two-month deployment to Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. A JMSDF statement says that the deployment seeks to improve its own operational capability and promote interoperability…

China’s One Belt One Road Initiative – A push for influence or debt?

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An interview with Sijbren de Jong, a strategic analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. Interviewer: Małgosia Krakowska neweasterneurope.eu MAŁGOSIA KRAKOWSKA: When the Chinese president announced the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR), it was hailed as the “project…

Tang Chao, the American and British spy killer

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Following the New York Times’ revelations on May 20 (see here) about the loss of CIA sources who were arrested or executed by the Ministry of State Security(Guoanbu), Intelligence Online can reveal the role of Tang Chao, special aide to…

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…