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    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

    China Hacks Skype to Censor Citizens

    Chinese hackers have infiltrated the popular Internet messaging service Skype. The hackers have modified the operation of Skype so that the Skype programs on Chinese computers all have keyword systems to identify when the citizens use forbidden words, according to Jeffrey Knockel, a computer science researcher at the University of … More

    North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on U.S.

    So much for basketball diplomacy. Dennis Rodman’s meeting with his new BFF Kim Jong-un didn’t prevent the regime from threatening a pre-emptive nuclear strike to turn Washington, D.C., into a “sea of flames.” While Rodman’s trip can be dismissed as narcissistic self-promotion, North Korea’s bombastic rhetoric shouldn’t be so easily … 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

    North Korea Abandons Armistice…Again

    On March 5, Pyongyang threatened to nullify the 1953 armistice agreement ending the Korean War, raising already heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The declaration comes amidst large-scale military exercises by North Korea and by U.S. and South Korean forces as well as rumors of impending rocket and nuclear tests. … More

    Taiwan Needs Japan as Much as It Needs the U.S.

    Fostering the U.S.-Taiwan relationship is vital to U.S. relations with many of its allies in the Asia-Pacific region and will prove profitable for U.S. security and economic interests. The Heritage Foundation recently hosted a discussion on the future of U.S. relations with Taiwan. Randy Schriver, former Deputy Secretary of State … More

    China’s NPC: Don’t Jump the Gun on News of Economic Reform

    The annual meetings of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) start March 5. This year is more important than most: The new Communist Party leadership introduced at last fall’s Party Congress receive their government positions. We all know the top slot (president), and we are all but certain of the #2 … More

    China Is Not Our Banker

    China has fallen behind Japan as the largest foreign holder of U.S. securities. The Department of the Treasury’s new numbers are good only through June 30, 2012, but it puts Japan at $1.84 trillion and China at $1.59 trillion. There are lots of things to say about this, but one … More

    Mr. Xi Goes to Moscow: For China’s Leader, It’s Russia First

    China’s new president, Xi Jinping, will make his first official foreign visit to Russia this month. Xi’s decision to make his first visit abroad to Russia suggests an effort to improve relations and cement their strategic partnership. Washington should pay attention to the growing ties between Moscow and Beijing. Since … More

    Chinese Cyber Attacks: Take Off the Kid Gloves

    Last week, Mandiant, a private company, released a report that identified a specific bureau of China’s military as responsible for hacking massive amounts of data over the past seven years, mostly from the U.S. Yet, the Obama Administration has been actively trying to avoid embarrassing China for fear of repercussions. … More