Category Asia/Pacific Pivot

Arctic Link Reveals The Full Scope & Strategic Significance Of China’s Belt And Road Ambitions

Comment below is from one of my followers.  And, Beijing is also building an ‘unhackable’ encrypted communications in space.  RCP RC:   “The strategic significance of the Chinese One-Belt-One-Road concept is almost entirely ignored by the DoD/USG.  At the 19th CPC Congress last week, the Chinese formalized the incorporation of the Arctic region in their OBOR concept […]

Top Chinese Officials ‘Plotted To Overthrow Xi Jinping’

Top Chinese officials ‘plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping’ www.bbc.com View Original October 20th, 2017 China A top Chinese official has claimed several high-ranking members of the Communist Party had plotted to seize power from President Xi Jinping. These party members have since been arrested or jailed in a wide-reaching corruption crackdown launched by Mr Xi. […]

Xi Offers Bold Vision For PLA At 19th Party Congress

http://www.iiss.org/en/iiss%20voices/blogsections/iiss-voices-2017-adeb/october-1537/19th-party-congress-05b1 Xi offers bold vision for PLA at 19th Party Congress This week’s policy announcements by Xi Jinping are part of a concerted effort by China to shape the PLA into a world-class force. Encompassing a modernisation drive, a major force restructure and an anti-corruption programme, the reforms are as wide-ranging as they are bold, […]

Thoughts On Strategy For The Korean Peninsula

David Maxwell’s remarks last week at the Institute for Korean-American Studies (ICAS) conference on The Korean Peninsula Issues and United States National Security.  His contact info is at the bottom of this article.   http://www.icasinc.org/2017/2017f/2017fdsm.html Thoughts on Strategy for the Korean PeninsulaDavid S.Maxwell Georgetown University Let me just begin with a few framing remarks: We have successfully […]

After 4000 Years, China Eyes Truly Global Role

After 4000 Years, China Eyes Truly Global Role By Colin Clark, breakingdefense.com View Original October 18th, 2017 Xi Jinping WASHINGTON: The president of China, seeming to cast aside the better part of four millennia of Chinese tradition, declared today that he sees “a new historic juncture in China’s development,” one that clearly calls for his country to flex its global muscles and change […]

The Confession Of The Commander Of China’s Aircraft Carrier Liaoning [[

http://www.eastpendulum.com/la-confession-du-commandant-de-porte-avions-liaoning [Machine translation from the French] The confession of the commander of aircraft carrier Liaoning [[ BY HENRI KENHMANN  14 OCTOBER 2017 · · · “I am waiting for you on board our aircraft carrier …”, it is with this simple sentence that Rear Admiral LIU Zhe (刘 喆), commander of aircraft carrier Liaoning , closed a television broadcast aired in […]

U.S. Spy Planes Kept Eye On Chinese Scientists During Research Expedition Near Guam

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2113883/us-spy-planes-kept-eye-chinese-scientists-during U.S. Spy Planes Kept Eye On Chinese Scientists During Research Expedition Near Guam The Kexue oceanographic ship had regular low flyovers from US Navy P3-Orion surveillance aircraft while investigating a seamount southeast of Guam PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 October, 2017, 2:32pm UPDATED : Thursday, 05 October, 2017, 7:18am Stephen Chen China’s most advanced research […]

Russia To Donate Kalashnikovs, Trucks And Munitions To Philippines

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-russia-defence/russia-to-donate-kalashnikovs-trucks-and-munitions-to-philippines-idUSKBN1CG1H0 #WORLD NEWS OCTOBER 11, 2017 / 7:49 AM / 2 DAYS AGO Russia to donate Kalashnikovs, trucks and munitions to Philippines Reuters Staff · · MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced that Russia would donate defense hardware to support the military’s fight against pro-Islamic State militants, who he said could […]

If North Korea Attacks Guam, U.S. May Push For NATO Mutual Defense

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page. My guess is that Amb. Hutchinson meant a NATO-like mutual defense pact Asian version.  RCP David Maxwell’s Comments:  Does Ambassador Hutchinson envision deploying the Supreme Commander of NATO and his forces to […]

The Rise Of China’s ‘Blue Water’ Navy: Will The Pacific Turn Red?

The Rise Of China’s ‘Blue Water’ Navy: Will The Pacific Turn Red? By Guest Contributor – September 5, 2017 SHARE Facebook Twitter The rise of China as a maritime power was further enhanced by the news that China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier will be transferred from the dry dock of the Dalian shipyard, and […]