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Post-Unification Stability Biggest ‘Blind Spot’ For South Korea: Study

David Maxwell’s comments are highlighted in blue below; and, his contact info is at the bottom of the page.  What ‘role’ will China/Russia play?  RCP David Maxwell Comment:  Unification will be hard regardless of the path followed to get there.  But the ROK must prepare for it NOW (and we should assist our ally in […]

China’s Plan For The Arctic – And A Shipping Center To Rival Singapore

http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/ business/article/2046117/ chinas-plan-arctic-and- shipping-centre-rival- singapore CHINA’S PLAN FOR THE ARCTIC – AND A SHIPPING CENTRE TO RIVAL SINGAPORE Beijing may be playing it cool, but it sees its current role in the contested High North as just the tip of the iceberg BY RYAN KILPATRICK 15 NOV 2016 / UPDATED ON 16 NOV 2016 · Chinese expendition team […]

Sanctions On North Korea? What Sanctions? Russia Re-Opens Ferry Route To North Korea

Russia reopens ferry route to North Korea OCTOBER 16, 2017 Reuters Staff https://uk.reuters.com/article/northkorea-missiles-russia-china-ferry/russia-reopens-ferry-route-to-north-korea-idUKL8N1MR3B8 MOSCOW, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Russia has resumed sea trips to isolated North Korea after a two-month break, the RIA news agency reported on Monday quoting the head of the company operating the route. The vessel, North Korean-flagged Mangyonbong, left the Russian […]

China’s Xi Leadership Rreshuffle Revealed: Meet The Pair Poised To Become Two Of China’s Most Powerful Men

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2116002/xi-jinpings-leadership-reshuffle-begins-meet-pair-about?utm_source=edm&utm_medium=edm&utm_content=20171020&utm_campaign=scmp_today&emarsys=1&sc_src=email_2049840&sc_llid=54554&sc_lid=146517376&sc_uid=vg2B67MeDE Xi Jinping’s leadership reshuffle revealed: meet the pair poised to become two of China’s most powerful men Key ally Li Zhanshu in line to become head of National People’s Congress, while Zhao Leji is set to succeed Wang Qishan as anti-corruption tsar PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 October, 2017, 11:23am UPDATED : Thursday, 19 October, […]

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 […]

After Six Tests, The Mountain Hosting North Korea’s Nuclear Blasts May Be Exhausted

After six tests, the mountain hosting North Korea’s nuclear blasts may be exhausted By Anna Fifield, www.washingtonpost.com View Original October 20th, 2017 Portals at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site.Photo by: Courtesy of 38 North/Airbus Defense & Space/Spot Image/Courtesy of 38 North/Airbus Defense & Space/Spot Image TOKYO — Have North Korea’s nuclear tests become so big that they’ve […]

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, […]

Army Preps For Underground & Urban Warfare On Korean Peninsula

The comments highlighted in blue below are/by Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  I suppose you could consider north Korea a “target rich” environment with some 5000 underground facilities.  Just take a moment and think the about scale of the problem and […]

Solving The Siege Of Seoul | RealClearDefense

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  The tyranny of proximity.  I do not think the author has ever experienced Korea Chuseok or the lunar New Year’s holiday to see what the “evacuation” of […]

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 […]