China announced its annual defence allocation at US$ 141.5 billion on Thursday (March 5), and this makes it the world’s second largest national defence budget. The USA at almost$ 600 billion has by far the world’s highest military outlay. It may be recalled that India had announced its own defence allocation for the financial year 2015–16 on February 28 and this is pegged at just under$ 40 billion (Rs.246,727 crore). [READ MORE]

How America Can Reassure Allies in the South China Sea

The U.S. policy approach to maritime disputes in the South China Sea is primarily diplomatic but not entirely so. While it focuses on creating stability by exhorting all the parties to follow the rules (international law) and explicitly defines how Washington would like conflicts to be solved (peacefully); it does not neglect hard - power initiatives aimed at redressing some of the power imbalance between the ASEAN states of Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei and China. [READ MORE]

Let facts speak for themselves on India China border

For almost 11 months now, the Indian Government has put a lid on the Himalayan border situation with China. Ever since several senior Government figures last September spoke out against the media coverage of Chinese border incursions, sources of information have dried up and newspapers and television networks have carried little news. [READ MORE]

3 Chinese Weapons of War the U.S. Navy Should Fear

SCSC - The U.S. Navy has a problem. The amount of threats it faces when it comes to ensuring the global commons remain open and free keep multiplying. Most of them come from what we have dubbed anti - access/area - denial strategies and weapons systems. Nations like China, Iran, Russia and in some respects North Korea and various non - state actors all want to raise the costs for Washington’s naval assets to operate near their coasts in the event of a crisis or war. [READ MORE]

China Has Grown to Worls 3rd Biggest Arms Exporter

SCSC - BEIJING — China has overtaken Germany to become the world's third - biggest arms exporter, although its 5 percent share remains small compared to the combined 58 percent of exports from the U.S. and Russia, a new study says.

China's share of the global arms market rose 143 percent from 2010 to 2014, a period during which the total volume of global arms transfers rose by 16 percent over the previous five years, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in a report released Monday. [READ MORE]

In a Test of Wills, Japanese Fighter Pilots Confront Chinese

SCSC - A pilot back from training at Naha Air Base in Okinawa. Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan has embarked on a sweeping overhaul of its military. CreditKo Sasaki for The New York Times

NAHA, Japan — Once a sleepy, sun - soaked backwater, this air base on the southern island of Okinawa has become the forefront of a dangerous test of wills between two of Asia’s largest powers, Japan and China. [READ MORE]


SCSC - John J. Mearsheimer concludes his book, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, with the chapter “Can China Rise Peacefully?” This is certainly on the minds of many, as over the past few years the size of China’s economy has overtaken that of the U.S. While China’s economy grows, so too has her aggressive stance on her territorial claims in the South China Sea, Scarborough Shoal and the Senkaku Islands.

Coupled with her rapid double digit increases in military spending, one would be hard pressed not to conclude that China is quickly rising to “Great Power” status, if not there already. [READ MORE]

A Modern Cult of Personality? Xi Jinping Aspires To Be The Equal of Mao and Deng

SCSC - Having been in office for just over two years, President Xi Jinping has already laid claim to being the third most powerful politician of post - liberation China, just after Chairman Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, the architect of China’s economic reforms. Having gained control over what Chinese commentators call “the gun and the knife”—a reference to the army, police, spies and the all - powerful graft - busters—the Fifth - Generation titan is quickly growing his body of dictums and instructions on ideology, governance and related issues. [READ MORE]

Pothole potential on China’s silk roads

SCSC - Communist Party of China (CPC) General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the Silk Road Economic Belt (sichouzhilu jingjidai) in a speech on September 7, 2013, at the Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan [1] and the Maritime Silk Road (haishang sichouzhilu) during his visit to Indonesia the following month. [READ MORE]

Modi's Indian Ocean Tour Shows That India's Watching China

SCSC - NEW DELHI - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a tour across the Indian Ocean this week that is noteworthy both for where he's going and where he's not.

He's already arrived in the Seychelles, a strategically important island off the African coast that has become increasingly close to India in its geopolitical orientation, though it is 3,800 kilometers from the Indian coast. [READ MORE]

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