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    1. May 3, 2016

      China enlists rap video for military recruitment

      China’s military has released a rap music video as part of a campaign to lure young recruits, the latest foray into...

    2. May 2, 2016

      China builds ties as well as airstrips in South China Sea

      What do the governments of Belarus, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Russia have in common, apart from their lack of...

    1. April 12, 2016

      America needs more than symbolic gestures in the South China Sea

      Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command, was recently asked in a Senate Armed Services Committee...

    2. April 5, 2016

      Arms industry cashes in on Asia tensions

      A growing arms race between China and its neighbours helped propel global defence spending to its first growth in three...

    3. March 31, 2016

      China military to set up first overseas base in Horn of Africa

      China is set to install “a few thousand” troops and staff at its first ever overseas military base, the first permanent...

    4. March 31, 2016

      China set to deploy longest-range nuclear missile

      A new generation of Chinese intercontinental ballistic missiles may come into service as early as this year and will...

    5. March 24, 2016

      Taiwan pushes island credentials of South China Sea outpost

      As the C130 Hercules makes a bumpy landing on Taiwan-controlled Taiping island, a small tropical outcrop little longer...

    6. March 7, 2016

      Private sector joins Xi’s battle to streamline China’s PLA

      As economic slowdown stifles China’s defence spending boom, the private sector is joining President Xi Jinping’s battle...

    7. March 4, 2016

      China slows defence spending growth amid efficiency drive

      China’s defence budget will rise 7-8 per cent this year, according to a senior Chinese official — a markedly lower...

    8. February 25, 2016

      Australia to beef up armed forces amid rise in Asia tensions

      Australia will boost its annual defence spending by 80 per cent within a decade as it upgrades its armed forces partly...

    9. February 23, 2016

      China building radar on contested island, says US think-tank

      China appears to be building radar installations on contested reefs in the southern part of the South China Sea,...

    10. February 22, 2016

      China arms exports continue to surge

      China’s arms exports are continuing to surge as the Asia-Pacific region rapidly militarises, according to a top...

    11. February 17, 2016

      China deploys missiles on disputed island

      China has deployed anti-aircraft missiles to a disputed island in the South China Sea, according to satellite images...

    12. February 7, 2016

      ‘Crouching Tiger’, by Peter Navarro

      At the core of Peter Navarro’s book is the conceit that this is a kind of geopolitical detective story, each chapter...

    13. January 30, 2016

      US Navy destroyer sails near island claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam

      A US Navy destroyer sailed on Saturday within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other states in...

    14. January 27, 2016

      US naval history offers clues to China’s intent

      The news from China so far this year has been all about tumbling equity markets and a wobbly currency. But there is...

    15. January 21, 2016

      China steps up incursions around disputed Senkaku Islands

      China has stepped up its incursions around the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands in what Japanese officials claim is a...

    16. January 15, 2016

      China steps up building in disputed waters despite US resistance

      China has stepped up its construction of runways in the South China Sea since President Xi Jinping visited Washington...

    17. January 12, 2016

      Closer Pakistan-China military ties irk west

      When Pakistan’s military claimed its first attack in October using a home-built drone to hit a Taliban stronghold,...

    18. January 6, 2016

      The intractable dilemma posed by North Korea

      North Korea presents one of the most dangerous security threats in the world today. This has long been recognised and...

    19. December 29, 2015

      China orders SOEs to hire former soldiers

      China’s government is promising “jobs for the boys” after ordering state-owned enterprises to employ some of the...

    20. December 27, 2015

      China approves controversial antiterrorism law

      China’s parliament has passed a controversial counter terrorism law, sweeping aside earlier criticism of some of its...

    21. December 16, 2015

      US to sell $1.83bn of weapons to Taiwan

      The Obama administration is set to test the new relationship between the US military and its Chinese counterpart after...

    22. December 8, 2015

      US steps up South China Sea surveillance

      The US is to deploy P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft to Singapore for the first time in the latest response to China...

    23. November 27, 2015

      China seeks own navy facility in Djibouti

      China’s navy is seeking a firmer foothold in Africa as the military confirmed it was in talks to open a logistics...

    24. November 25, 2015

      China army reforms raise hackles in the ranks

      A planned reform of China’s military has prompted oblique warnings from within the People’s Liberation Army that the...

    25. November 20, 2015

      US and China set up ‘space hotline’

      Washington and Beijing have established an emergency “space hotline” to reduce the risk of accidental conflict. As...

    26. November 19, 2015

      America’s mixed maritime signals in the South China Sea

      When a US Navy des­troyer sailed past the Spratly Islands in late October, much of Asia breathed a sigh of relief. The...

    27. November 7, 2015

      US Navy operations send muddled message to China

      When a US warship recently sailed near a Chinese-controlled artificial island in the South China Sea, it signalled the...

    28. November 5, 2015

      US warns China against flexing its maritime muscles

      Teddy Roosevelt, who more than a century ago was the first to define the Pacific as a core US interest, once urged his...

    29. November 5, 2015

      China must learn how to be a great power

      When a US warship steamed through the South China Sea the other day China protested and her neighbours applauded....

    30. November 3, 2015

      US to continue South China Sea naval operations

      Ashton Carter, the US defence secretary, told Chang Wanquan, his Chinese counterpart, on Tuesday that the US would...

    31. October 30, 2015

      China loses round one in Philippines dispute over islands

      China has lost the first round of a major legal fight with the Philippines after an international tribunal agreed to...

    32. October 28, 2015

      China’s island building lacks strategic logic

      The US Navy this week finally made good on its promise to challenge Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China...

    33. October 28, 2015

      US move in South China Sea pitches Beijing into uncharted waters

      It was a short, well-flagged mission and no shots were fired. But Beijing has been pitched into uncharted waters over...

    34. October 27, 2015

      China accuses US navy of illegal incursion in South China Sea

      China has accused the US of making an “illegal” maritime incursion after an American warship sailed close to an...

    35. October 15, 2015

      Beijing warns US against maritime challenge in South China Sea

      China’s military establishment has reacted angrily to a planned US naval mission to skirt artificial islands Beijing...

    36. October 12, 2015

      China’s Great Game: Road to a new empire

      “The granaries in all the towns are brimming with reserves, and the coffers are full with treasures and gold, worth...

    37. October 12, 2015

      A global test of American power

      How long can a country that represents less than 5 per cent of the world’s population and 22 per cent of the global...

    38. October 8, 2015

      US warships to challenge Chinese claims in South China Sea

      The US is poised to sail warships close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea as a signal to Beijing...

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