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    A Day Without Twitter?

    Reporters Without Borders notes that today is World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. For some time now, the organization has been highlighting cases of oppression and abuse of freedom of speech against the world’s online community. For example, it labels Syria an “Enemy of the Internet”: Bashar Al-Assad’s regime responded with violence … More

    Morning Bell: China's Military Rising

    In early January, President Barack Obama traveled across the Potomac River to the Pentagon and joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to discuss his Administration’s military strategy, promising that he would keep America’s fighting forces the best-trained, best-led, best-equipped military in history. Unfortunately, he’s not keeping that promise, and meanwhile, China’s … More

    China's Rise and India's Obvious Partner (the US)

    The release last week of an Indian think tank report entitled “Non-Alignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strategic Policy for India in the 21st Century” has prompted robust discussion about Indian foreign policy in the age of a rising China. Indian national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon provided remarks at the … More

    Chinese News Makes Inroads in U.S.

    Chinese TV has taken a page from Al Jazeera’s playbook. With sparkling new offices in Washington, D.C., on New York Avenue since February 6, and a staff of 75 soon to be 100, CCTV America is making a serious and well-financed bid to be a player in the U.S. media … More

    Move Toward a Minimal Deterrence Posture Dangerous

    The “Obama proposal for force reduction is foolhardy,” writes Bradley Thayer, professor of political science at Baylor University, in his recent commentary. His post is a reaction to the White House’s effort to unilaterally reduce the number of U.S. operationally deployed nuclear warheads to as low as 300. The decision … More

    Chinese Defense Spending Continues Rise as U.S. Budget Declines

    As China prepares for the final plenum of the 17th Party Congress, it has announced that the new defense budget would amount to 670 billion RMB (approximately $106 billion), which equates to a 11.2 percent increase. This is in sharp contrast to the United States, which, despite a so-called “pivot … More

    Our Debt and China

    Yesterday, the Department of the Treasury released an initial estimate of foreign holdings of U.S. securities, including Treasury bonds, as of June 30, 2011. This estimate serves as a correction of monthly figures Treasury publishes, known as the Major Foreign Holders series. There are three implications of the new data … More

    Beijing and Damascus

    As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has found two steadfast allies: Russia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). While Russian interest in Syria may be rooted in the longstanding ties between Moscow and Damascus (and the substantial amount of arms that Syria … More

    White House Fantasies on “Nuclear Zero”

    Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, has reiterated the Administration’s commitment to nuclear arms control at the Getting to Zero Conference at Yale University. In her view, nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity regardless of who wields them, and global disarmament is necessary for … More

    Takeaways from Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's Visit to the U.S.

    Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States was extremely short on substance. It was really just a public relations exercise for both sides aimed at audiences back home. And as for building rapport between leaders, by nature, the visit was bound to come up short. President Obama … More