This paper is Professor Steven Lewis’ discussion of whether China’s carbon management should be vested in the hands of a single centralized body, or whether it should continue the current trend of privatization.
“Taking Mines Seriously: Mine Warfare in China’s Near Seas”
Scott C. Truver
U.S. Naval War College Review
Strategists focus heavily on the aerospace aspects of China’s “access denial” strategy, thinking about how ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and attack aircraft could effectively seal the US Navy out of the Western Pacific. But another weapon remains that could have a similar effect in a much lower intensity conflict: sea mines.
Drop a few dozen cheap and low-technology magnetic mines around the Paracels or Spratleys, sit back, and watch the fireworks. It is an illustration that China has plenty of arrows in its quiver that could prove costly for Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and the U.S. to address, one that demands an equally asymmetric strategy.
- Top 5 Things China’s Navy Needs…To Be a Blue-water Navy (thediplomat.com)
- Taiwan gets two mine-hunting ships from U.S. (stripes.com)
Understanding the Pattern of Growth and Equity in the People’s Republic of China. Liu Minquan of the ADBI explains why some of the factors that drove growth in China during the first 30 years of reform and opening cannot help the country in the long run.
The People’s Republic of China’s Currency and Product Fragmentation. Economist Nobuayuki Yamashita of the Asian Development Bank Institute makes a case that even if China unilaterally adjusted its exchange rates that there would be no major effect on trade deficits. An argument unlikely to make friends in Washington, but Yamashita backs up his contentions with numbers.
“China’s Oil Sector: Trends and Uncertainties” is Dr. Alan Troner’s review of the misconceptions about how China uses oil and gas, and his effort to rectify those erroneous beliefs.
Skills Policy Framework for the Next Decade in PRC. Where China sees the challenges in expanding its skilled workforce in over the next ten years. A presentation by Dong Jing of the China Association of Worker’s Education and Vocational Training.
“Developing Trust in Asia Amidst New US Military Deployments: An Indonesian Perspective,” by Maria Monica Wihardja, Asia Pacific Bulletin No. 142, East-West Center, Washington, D.C., December 8, 2011. If we think the Chinese were upset about the announcement that 2,500 U.S. Marines would soon be station on Australia’s north coast, the Indonesians were much more upset. As the US makes more use of Australia as a part of its Pacific defense system, it will need to turn up the public diplomacy in Southeast Asia to counteract the Jihadist agitprop that is certain to be an unwelcome byproduct.
“China Still has a Long Way to Go” by Jonn Lee; Asia Pacific Bulletin No. 134; East-West Center, Washington, D.C. October 24, 2011
The University of Sydney’s Lee offers us a number of reasons why we should not be worried about China taking on America for the world…yet.
Amitav Acharya, “ASEAN’s Dilemma: Courting Washington without Hurting Beijing,” Washington, DC: East-West Center, October 18, 2011 Some good advice on how ASEAN needs to be careful to walk its precarious path between the two Pacific Superpowers, China and the US.
Cai Penghong, “Obama’s APEC Summit Does Not Dispel China’s Misgivings” Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 138, Washington D.C. East-West Center, November 18, 2011 Whatever the virtues of President Obama’s “Asia Pivot” and his high profile at the recent APEC summit, Cai Penghong explains that China is starting to feel surrounded by a growing coterie of countries that seem to be forming a NATO-like military coalition designed to contain China.
In the new Strategic Studies Quarterly from the U.S. Air Force Air University: “Bipolarity, Proxy Wars, and the Rise of China,” by Lieutenant. Colonel Mark Yeisley, USAF. Colonel Yeisley is an assistant professor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base.
China and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Missiles: Policy Issues – Open CRS. A Congressional Research Service report looks at China’s role in WMD proliferation around the world and evaluates the effectiveness of the US policy response.
Defense.gov News Release: DOD Announces First Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace. This is the first unified strategy that brings together Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force doctrine for cyberwar. The strategy will govern the operations of the U.S. Cyber Command. Click on the link for the document.
US Army Border Operations in Germany, 1945-1983, by William E. Stacy. This superb, detailed history offers an interesting retrospective on the people who patrolled the Iron Curtain, and why they did it for over four decades.
Xiaokang2020» Blog Archive » Who makes money off digital publishing?, Joel Martinsen takes a short but discouraging look at the state of e-books and author royalties in China today. He makes it clear that while authors face a host of challenges making a living from their writing in China, unscrupulous publishers are probably close to the top of the list.
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Hearing on “China’s Five-Year Plan, Indigenous Innovation and Technology Transfers, and Outsourcing”. Transcripts of the public testimony that formed the gist of the report. Some fascinating stuff.
Competing For Economic Centrality in Asia | Center for Strategic and International Studies. an excellent article by Ernest Bower, who explains how Asian power politics are a matter of economic competition more than military confrontation.
Engaging Laos: Strategic Part of the ASEAN Puzzle | Center for Strategic and International Studies. A thoughtful overview that probes the role Laos could play in relation to Burma, Vietnam, and China. If our relationship with China goes even the least bit sour, we are going to be spending a lot more time in the region.
U.S. Strategic Priorities in Asia.
by Rod Lyon
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Australia is trying to figure out where it will stand as US strategy and capabilities in Asia evolve. This report offers a fascinating mirror view of how the US is seen by one of its closest – and most nervous – allies.