Historical Truths and Lies: Scarborough Shoal in Ancient Maps
This essay offers a thoughtful review from the Philippine point of view of the history of territorial claims in the South China Sea. The site, from the Institute of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, was built around a 2014 lecture by Senior Associate Justice Antonio C. Carpio of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
The Philippines is not a neutral arbiter in the issues surrounding the South China Sea, and even the nation’s Supreme Court is not above nationalistic impulses. Source notwithstanding, the depth of the site demonstrates that the arguments against China’s claims cannot be as casually dismissed as Beijing might wish.
Japan has a flag problem, too – The Washington Post.
I have long wondered about Japan flying the rising sun flag on its warships. It always struck me as a near-deliberate provocation, and an oversight that the Maritime Self Defense Force would still fly it, especially now that they are flying on Japan’s new
mini-aircraft carrier helicopter destroyer.
I would wager that Japan will hold fast on continuing to use the Rising Sun flag as a naval ensign, just as it will continue to use the angry red meatball on the wings of its planes. The nation is embarking on a new era, one that will see it bearing a greater part of its defense burden than anytime in 70 years, thanks to a rising China and US empire fatigue.
The time to have asked Japan to dump the Rising Sun would have been 40 years ago. Now that the nation is rekindling its martial roots, don’t bet on them dropping what little of its military heritage is left.
Red China’s “Capitalist Bomb”: Inside the Chinese Neutron Bomb Program
A fascinating review of why China developed a neutron bomb, and then, after all of the effort and expense, did not deploy it.
Opportunities in Understanding China’s Approach to the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands
Bradford John Davis explains why it is worth taking the time to understand what China is thinking as it practices Art of War-style brinksmanship in the East China Sea.
A Potent Vector: Assessing Chinese Cruise Missile Developments
Three experts describe how cruise missiles are becoming a powerful part of the PLA’s arsenal.
Greening China’s Financial System: Synthesis Report
Zhang Chenghui, Simon Zadek, Chen Ning, Mark Halle
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
March 16, 2005
Making China more environmentally friendly is more than simply a matter of installing scrubbers on factories and catalytic converters on cars. There are systemic issues that run deep, and that must be addressed in order for real, long-term change to take place.
In Greening China’s Financial System, global sustainability guru Simon Zadek teams with Zhang Chenghui, Chen Ning, and Mark Halle to examine how China’s financial system can be revamped in order to enable and support the nation’s shift to a more sustainable economy. Beyond simply identifying the problem, though, the report also offers specific recommendations for change based on current practice in China and best practices from abroad.
For those looking for a realistic, system-wide approach to greening a polluted China, this is an essential read.