Category Asia/Pacific Pivot

North Korea’s ‘Game Changing’ New Missile Is More Stable, More Efficient – And Harder To Detect

North Korea’s ‘Game Changing’ New Missile Is More Stable, More Efficient – And Harder To Detect 4 Comments The Pukguksong-2 is launched Credit: KCNA/KCNA Julian Ryall, Tokyo 13 February 2017 • 12:24pm The new type of intermediate-range ballistic missile launched by North Korea on Sunday is a “game changer”, according to analysts, because it uses […]

North Korea Aggression Must Be Halted

Excerpt: Although routine threats from Pyongyang have become commonplace, we should not forget the 46 sailors killed when in 2010 North Korea sank a South Korean Navy corvette, or the 1987 detonation of a bomb planted by North Korea in Korean Air Flight 858, killing 115 passengers and crew members; or the 1983 assassination attempt […]

Manila Predicts Beijing Will Build Base On Scarborough Shoal

Manila Predicts Beijing Will Build Base On Scarborough Shoal By Sam Lagrone, news.usni.org View Original February 10th, 2017 This week the Philippine defense secretary predicted China would start building an artificial island on the bones of Scarborough Shoal. If unopposed, China would likely attempt to build an installation like the several bases Beijing has constructed in the […]

U.S./China In Near-Miss: Chinese KJ-200 Early Warning Aircraft & A U.S. Navy P-3C Reconnaissance Plane Flew Within 1,000 Feet Of Each Other This Week — In International Air Space; But, Near The Disputed Island Chain In The South China Sea

U.S./China In Near-Miss:  Chinese KJ-200  Early Warning Aircraft & A U.S. Navy P-3C Reconnaissance Plane Flew Within 1,000 Feet Of Each Other This Week —  In International Air Space; But, Near The Disputed Island Chain In The South China Sea      Simon Holmes writes in the February 10, 2017 edition of the Daily Mail […]

Why China May Have Made A Massive Mistake In The South China Sea

Why China May Have Made A Massive Mistake In The South China Sea http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/why-china-may-have-made-massive-mistake-the-south-china-sea-19350?page=show February 7, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comment during his confirmation hearing that the United States would deny China access to its man-made island bases in the South China Sea caused a predictable furor. However, few people seriously think the […]

China’s Aircraft Carriers: Full Steam Ahead?

  China’s Aircraft Carriers: Full Steam Ahead? Jeff M. Smith The Diplomat February 7, 2017 I first visited Hainan Island six years ago, part of an annual exchange of delegations my think tank, the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), has been conducting with China since 1994. Led by former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of […]

China Takes 43 Retaliatory Actions Over S. Korea’s THAAD Deployment Plan

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2017/02/03/0301000000AEN20170203010100315.html China Takes 43 Retaliatory Actions Over S. Korea’s THAAD Deployment Plan 2017/02/03 16:55 SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) — China has taken a total of 43 retaliatory actions against the South Korean entertainment sector and trade goods in reprisal for Seoul’s plan to deploy the U.S.-made Terminal-High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, a national think […]

Yesterday’s Senate Hearing On North Korea Policy

(on Tuesday)   Dave Maxwell: Important points from Scott Snyder and Nick Eberstadt.   Excerpts: In his testimony, Snyder called for (of course) strengthening the alliances with South Korea and Japan, tougher secondary sanctions on North Korea’s Chinese enablers, and “that we erode Kim Jong Un’s internal support base by making the argument that North […]

Army Must Be Ready For Multi-Domain Battle In Pacific ‘Tomorrow’

I thought the comment below was an excerpt from the article; but, are Dave Maxwell’s comments.  I apologize for my oversight and thank Jim Kurtz for the heads up.  RCP \ Dave Maxwell:  Note comments on Korea: There’s a real sense of urgency on Multi-Domain Battle in the Pacific, too Brown told the Center for […]

Red Lines And Red Carpets In The South China Sea

Excerpts: As the administration develops this new strategy, U.S. leaders must decide which Chinese actions they can deter at an acceptable level of risk. In so doing, they should evaluate eight potential South China Sea crisis scenarios: Reclamation at Scarborough Shoal: Blockade of Second Thomas Shoal: Announcement of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ): Declaration […]