Category: China

Chinese Diplomatic and Military Behavior Intensifies

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Amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, Gen. Fang Fenghui (房峰辉) greeted his American counterpart, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford in Beijing on August 14. Recognizing the necessity of clear communication as…

What’s Behind the Resumed Vietnam-Philippines South China Sea Activity?

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Manila and Hanoi resumed naval personnel interaction on a feature in the disputed waters. On June 22, Vietnam and the Philippines conducted the third iteration of their naval personnel interactions on Southwest Cay in the Spratly Islands in the South…

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…

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…

Xi’s Korea Policies Stumble

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On March 7, the United States began installation of a Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system in on a golf course outside Seoul, South Korea. Washington and Seoul did so over strong economic and diplomatic pressure from Beijing, which argued…

Tillerson to Press China Over Handling of North Korea Threat

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On first official trip to Asia, secretary of state says U.S. also will deepen cooperation with Japan, South Korea U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a news conference in Tokyo, initial stop on his first official Asia trip, that…

Xi Jinping’s Failed Promises Dim Hopes for Economic Change in 2nd Term

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BEIJING — For years, China’s president, Xi Jinping, has talked the talk of economic reform. In January, he dazzled business executives in Davos, Switzerland, with a defense of international trade. Last month, he urged officials to “seize hold of reform…

China possibly equipping PLA ground units with new light tank

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Images posted on Chinese online forums at the end of December 2016 suggest that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may be equipping ground units with a new light tank first seen in 2011. Posted on 31 December on the CJDBY…