Category: China

China has a new strategic direction and the West should worry

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For a long time scholars and pundits have debating whether or not China has a clear grand strategy. Most believe the answer is “No,” mainly because the Chinese government has never clearly articulated a coherent version of grand strategic thinking…

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…

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…