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    Chinese Defense White Paper Challenges American Leadership, Military Readiness

    On the eve of Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony to Congress on securing American interests abroad, the release of the Chinese defense white paper is a reminder of the significant challenges confronting the U.S. in the Asia–Pacific region. Sequestration may have Washington in knots, but there is no comparable … 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

    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 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

    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

    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

    Chinese Military Displays Unexpected Aircraft Capabilities

    This past week, Beijing announced that it had successfully launched and landed a J-15 fighter aircraft from its new aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. The announcement, accompanied by videos, makes clear that China has put substantial resources—both financial and human—toward its goal of operating aircraft carriers. There were several notable aspects … More

    China's Next Military Leadership Takes Shape

    This morning’s news reports indicate that a large portion of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the entity that actually manages and oversees China’s multimillion-man military, is now in place. When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) 18th Party Congress convenes two days after the U.S. election, the top Chinese leadership will … 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

    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