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    Hagel’s Visit to China Showcases Hardening Chinese Line

    As Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returns from his visit to China, reporting on the visit has been mixed. Optimists have tended to focus on the visit to China’s new aircraft carrier as an example of a new openness on the part of Beijing. And it is important to recognize … More

    Growing Tensions in the Air, Literally, over East Asia

    On November 23, the People’s Republic of China announced a new air defense identification zone (ADIZ) covering a large swath of the East China Sea. Most importantly, it covered the airspace over the disputed Senkaku islands. This move, effectively escalating tensions in Asia, led the United States to order two B-52s … More

    Cyber Attacks: Hopping the "Great Firewall"

    Google’s new Digital Attack Map reveals that the U.S. experiences daily cyber attacks. Though much of the map’s real-time cyber activity is untraceable, the map does confirm that China heavily targets the U.S. This underscores the need for the U.S. to make China feel a cost for its cyber espionage … More

    In China, the Party Still Controls the Gun

    General Peng Yong, commander of the Xinjiang Military District in China’s Lanzhou Military Region (MR), has reportedly been fired from the Xinjiang Chinese Communist Party (CCP) standing committee—the top leadership organization for the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. This was apparently in response to this past week’s incident, where a Uyghur-driven … More

    An American Partner in Beijing: India and China Repairing Ties

    The recent visit by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to China demonstrated an ongoing willingness on both sides to cooperate on issues of mutual interest and try to better manage the differences over their shared border. This is an important dynamic to consider as the U.S. continues to develop its … More

    Chinese Call for “De-Americanization” Is an Empty Suggestion

    A recent editorial in the Chinese newspaper Global Times called for “de-Americanization.” Concerned with the American government shutdown and the prospect of the debt ceiling not being raised, the editorial argued that the United States is too irresponsible to be allowed to remain the dominant power. “Such alarming days when … More

    Southeast Asia and the Limits of American Soft Power

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s swing through Southeast Asia last week was notable not for the headlines and handshake photos he generated but the ones generated by the Chinese. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was hosting the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers in Beijing during the Secretary’s … More

    China Makes Life More Difficult for Foreign Companies

    It is widely hoped—in the U.S., China, and elsewhere—that the new Chinese government headed by Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang will restart economic reform. While the answer is still unclear, circumstantial evidence is piling up, and it isn’t good. Beijing is treating foreign companies very poorly, contributing to a poor … More

    Confronting Chinese Cyber Espionage

    The U.S. and China opened high-level security and economic discussions last week in Washington, and critical cybersecurity concerns are on the agenda. The Administration’s diplomatic efforts on cybersecurity, however, have so far failed to deter aggressive Chinese cyber attacks against the U.S. public and private sectors. Over the past year, … More

    China GDP Claims Don’t Matter

    China’s State Statistical Bureau (SSB) announced second-quarter real gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 7.5 percent and first-half real GDP at 7.6 percent. High or low, whether it meets the official target or not, no one should care. GDP is a poor indicator of economic health—anywhere. It is especially poor … More