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  • Turning Down the Heat: Japan and Taiwan Reach Senkakus Accord

    The Japanese press today announced that Tokyo and Taipei had reached an accord on fishing rights around the disputed Senkaku Islands. This marks a significant step forward in reducing tensions around the uninhabited islands, while also posing a challenge to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and its position. According … More

    China Striving to Dominate the Nearby Seas

    A Chinese naval task force, including its most modern amphibious ship, a guided-missile destroyer, and two frigates, was recently sighted operating off James Shoal, 50 miles off the coast of Malaysia. James Shoal is claimed by Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as well as Taiwan. The appearance … More

    “China Dream”: Rejection or Revival?

    Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping has talked a great deal about the “China Dream.” It remains to be seen, however, whether this dream is a call for national renewal or for revanchism and Chinese nationalism at the expense of its neighbors. Soon after assuming … More

    China Streamlines Its Maritime Forces

    As the Chinese National People’s Congress reveals various governmental restructurings (not to be mistaken for reforms), an important one is the streamlining of Chinese maritime law enforcement forces. The various Chinese maritime law enforcement agencies, including the coast guard, fisheries enforcement, and anti-smuggling police forces, will be consolidated over the … More

    No Sequestration for Chinese Military Spending

    The Chinese yesterday announced new defense and internal security budgets. In keeping with the average double-digit annual increases of the past 20 years, Chinese military spending will rise by 10.7 percent. These consistent massive increases, announced ahead of the 12th National People’s Congress—the world’s largest parliament—have allowed Chinese military modernization … More

    Chinese Hackers Identified as Part of the Military

    An American computer forensics firm has tracked a Chinese cyber group, according to The New York Times. The firm, Mandiant, has concluded that this hacker group is, in fact, a Chinese military unit, with the Military Unit Cover Designator (MUCD) 61398. This major revelation confirms what has long been suspected … More

    Chen Guangcheng: A Profile in Courage

    The Heritage Foundation had the honor of hosting noted Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng on January 30. He made several observations regarding the state of human rights in China. In Washington to accept an award from the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, Chen then visited The Heritage … More

    Chuck Hagel Must Answer Chinese Challenge to U.S. Space Dominance

    When Congress holds hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense, they should pay close attention to his position on U.S. space capabilities. As Secretary of Defense, he would have responsibility for ensuring that the U.S. maintains the ability to access space as necessary, a position that is increasingly … More

    China Escalates Military Activity Around Japan, Senkakus

    Over the past year, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been increasingly assertive regarding its various maritime claims—both in the South China Sea with various Southeast Asian states, as well as in the East China Sea—with America’s Japanese ally. Part of this effort has seen a larger, more constant … More

    Letting China See U.S. Military Capacities a Bad Idea

    United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced that the U.S. would “welcome” Chinese participation in the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises. These naval exercises, considered the world’s largest, involve over 40 vessels from some 22 nations. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is one of … More