Managing China’s Carbon

Carbon Management in China: The Effects of Decentralization and Privatization

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.

Mines in the South China Sea

“Taking Mines Seriously: Mine Warfare in China’s Near Seas”
Scott C. Truver
U.S. Naval War College Review
Spring 2012

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.

The People’s Republic of China’s Currency and Product Fragmentation

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.

What about Indonesia?

“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.

Is China Feeling Contained?

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.