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    Arrest of Senior Chinese Officer More Proof That the Party Is in Control of the Military

    This past week, retired Chinese general Xu Caihou was detained in the course of an investigation into corruption within the senior ranks of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). What is striking is that Xu was previously one of the vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the body that … More

    Southeast Asia: In Obama’s Absence, China Takes Initiative

    Reactions to President Obama’s absence from this year’s Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum highlighted the stakes of American leadership in Southeast Asia and shined a spotlight on China’s rising challenge to U.S. influence in the region. Amidst the ongoing government shutdown, President Obama abruptly canceled his highly anticipated trip to … More

    China and Taiwan: Possible Storm Signals for Cross-Straits Relations Underscore Need to Provide for Taiwan’s Defense

    After several years of being relatively quiet, it would appear that the Taiwan Straits may be on the verge of becoming an epicenter of crisis once again. Two public statements highlight the potential return of tension to the region. First, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, in a side meeting at the … 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

    China Maritime Challenge Not Going Away

      Chinese news reports today indicate that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping (who is also the president of China), at a study session of the CCP Politburo (the Party’s top leadership), emphasized the importance of maritime power. This is not a newfound interest but instead reflects a … More

    Still Waiting on China to Pressure North Korea on Nukes

    The China–South Korea summit, as the U.S.–China summit that preceded it, is a Rorschach test allowing for greater optimism or pessimism regarding Beijing’s willingness to resolve the North Korean nuclear problem. In both venues, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and resolving the impasse through … More

    Maintain Resolve on Conditions for Engaging North Korea

    North Korea is in the news again and, surprisingly, it’s not because of yet another nuclear threat against the U.S. or its allies. North Korea will figure prominently in two sets of meetings: today’s U.S.–China summit between President Obama and Xi Jinping and resumed inter-Korean talks this weekend. The media … More

    North Korean Refugees Struggle to Reach Freedom

    Nine North Korean refugees who had escaped from their homeland and made their way to Laos were forcibly repatriated on May 28. The defectors, ranging in age from 15 to 22, were turned over by Laotian authorities to North Korean security agents, who flew them via China back to North … More

    China Renews Cyber Attacks Against U.S.

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has resumed its cyber attacks against the U.S., according to The New York Times. When news surfaced months ago that elements of the PLA were engaged in cyber attacks, there was a hope in some quarters that the Chinese government might be “shamed” into suspending … More

    China Striving to Dominate the Nearby Seas

    A Chinese naval task force, including its most modern amphibious ship, a guided-missile destroyer, and two frigates, was recently sighted operating off James Shoal, 50 miles off the coast of Malaysia. James Shoal is claimed by Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as well as Taiwan. The appearance … More