Walter Russell Mead congratulates President Obama and his team on the real success of their diplomacy in Asia:
The US acted, received strikingly widespread support, and China backed down.
That is in fact what happened, and it was as decisive a diplomatic victory as anyone is likely to see. Congratulations should go to President [...]
China is a famously growing user of resources. But this photo essay of Chinese ghost cities is truly eerie.
You’d like to believe that an emerging China will play a rational role on the world stage. But it’s difficult to understand what sort of logic is driving this behavior.
Feng over at Information Dissemination has a few photos showing you what a naval build-up looks like. You’ve got to go overseas these days to find one.
The amphibious transport docks are no doubt for peaceful, defensive purposes. In case, you know: Hainan were ever to fall into enemy hands. You could land marines [...]
Historical parallels are notoriously imprecise, but having just finished reading “In the Garden of the Beasts“, I was again struck by how obvious were the militarist designs of the Nazi regime in pre-war Germany, and how contortionist were the efforts of diplomats throughout Europe and the US to ignore them. Apart from his rough [...]
The PRC has taken the ex-Varyag to sea for trials:
The carrier “left its shipyard in Dalian Port in northeast Liaoning province Wednesday morning to start its first sea trial,” said the official Xinhua news agency, describing the trip as only a tentative trial run for the unfinished ship.
“Military sources said that the [...]
The power of the PRC’s new carrier will not be on her flight deck or engines, but in her symbolism, according to Foreign Policy:
It would be a mistake to overstate the strategic consequences of China’s starter carrier. It will not fundamentally alter military balances in the Asia-Pacific region, nor does it threaten U.S. [...]
There’s been a lot of discussion about China’s “new” aircraft carrier program. Some talk too about its new fighter.
Too little attention, I think, about where they have really invested:
China surpassed current U.S. capabilities in a race to explore resources in the deepest parts of the world’s oceans and set its sights on [...]
Admiral Mullen’s brief op-ed in the NYT on “A Step Toward Trust With China“:
THE military relationship between the United States and China is one of the world’s most important. And yet, clouded by some misunderstanding and suspicion, it remains among the most challenging. There are issues on which we disagree and are tempted [...]
Pictures are circulating about China’s new organically designed carrier concept, bruited as a replacement for the Varyag design sold to China in 1998 as a “floating casino.” Now re-named Shi Lang (after the Imperial Chinese admiral who vanquished Taiwan), the ship is scheduled to undergo sea trials later this year.
The new design is [...]