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    Chinese Military Displays Improving Capabilities

    Even as U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III was visiting China, the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), was conducting “Mission Action-2013 C,” the final part of a series of large-scale exercises involving the PLA Air Force, the PLA Navy Air Force, and ground force … More

    Give the Marines a Kabar, Not a FUBAR

    FUBAR is military jargon for “fouled up beyond all recognition.” Kabar is the knife Marines carry. As things stand with sequestration, servicemen and women who protect our nation’s security stand to receive far more of the former and fewer of the latter. The Syrian imbroglio has, for the moment, obscured … More

    The Tragedy of Forced Abortion Abroad

    On January 11, 2011, Lili Zeng was nine months pregnant. Her pregnancy violated Chinese law. With a signature from her ex-husband, seven family planning officials forcibly restrained her and injected a needle into her abdomen. Within hours she delivered her baby, and the next day her newborn baby died. Zeng’s … More

    China Rising, U.S. Sinking Without Subs

    Tomorrow, the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Undersea Warfare Capabilities and Challenges.” As the Navy and Congress work to preserve the fleet amidst budget cuts and submarine buildups in China and Russia, here are some issues to consider. Ohio-Class Replacement The Ohio-class … More

    The U.S. Gets It Right on Smithfield

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is charged with screening foreign investments to ensure they pose no risk to national security. CFIUS receives a great deal of criticism, some of it deserved. But the decision last week to approve Chinese firm Shuanghui’s $4.7 billion acquisition of … 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

    U.S. Fleet Shrinks as China and India Build New Aircraft Carriers

    India launched its new aircraft carrier last week, the 37,500-ton INS Vikrant. In response, a state-run Chinese newspaper called for more carriers in the People’s Liberation Army Navy fleet. Meanwhile, U.S. carriers—and the entire U.S. Navy—are struggling to meet fleet size requirements due to a chronically underfunded shipbuilding account and … 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

    Iran's Covert Cyber War

    Over the weekend, Hassan Rowhani, a former top nuclear negotiator, was officially sworn in as Iran’s new president. Unfortunately, there are no indications that he will curtail Iran’s nuclear or cyber activities. While most are concerned with the military implications of Tehran’s expanding nuclear program, there is little focus on … More

    Visiting Yasukuni War Memorial Stirs Controversy in Asia–Pacific

    August 15 marks the 68th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. It is also a day when some Japanese politicians pay respect to those who have died fighting in the service of Japan and whose souls they believe are housed at Yasukuni Shrine (literally translated “Shrine of a … More