What Does China Want with the Arctic?

National Interest – Hint: It isn’t just about defense and oil.

China Is Building Better ICBMs (And Hospital Ships)

National Interest – Beijing’s military is improving but so are its contributions to global problems like fighting Ebola or piracy.

PLA conducts joint land assault exercises near Taiwan

Global Times – The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted a joint land assault exercise featuring multiple military branches near the island of Taiwan, which military experts said on Sunday shows the Chinese military is ready to unleash its full potential against Taiwan secessionist forces and intends to send a stern warning to countries that intervene in China’s internal affairs.

China to build warship for Thailand

Global Times – China and Thailand have signed a deal that will see a Chinese shipbuilding company build a Type 071E landing platform dock (LPD) warship for the Thai navy, a move which shows deepened arms trade cooperation between the two countries.

Navy sends its most capable combat ship on escort mission

China Daily – The Chinese Navy has decided to dispatch a Type 052D to take part in its latest escort mission. The CNS Xining, the fifth in the Type 052D class, is sailing toward the Gulf of Aden.

China Studies the Contours of the Gray Zone

National Interest – Beijing strategists go to school on Russian tactics in the Black Sea.

Yes, China Can Pummel U.S. Bases in Asia with Missiles

National Interest – A new report reinforces problems U.S. military strategists have been discussing for years when it comes to the rise of Chinese military power. So what do we do about it?

Don’t Believe China’s Commitment to Peace and Stability

National Interest – Let’s refuse to let the Chinese Communists of the world use linguistic shenanigans to disguise their intentions. Make them communicate clearly. Make them defend the indefensible frankly, and we might yet shame them into humane conduct.

China’s New Amphibious Assault Ship Is A Monster

War Zone – The vessels will give China a high-end amphibious assault capability that can be used both regionally and far from home.

Red Star Over the Pacific: A Conversation with James Holmes on China’s Maritime Rise

CIMSEC – CIMSEC had the opportunity to discuss the second edition of Red Star Over the Pacific with James Holmes, current J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College. In this conversation Holmes lays out how the theories of Alfred Thayer Mahan helped inform China’s maritime rise, how China built a formidable naval warfighting capability, and how the U.S. and its allies can more effectively deter China militarily.

China swings a small stick in the South China Sea

The Hill – It’s hard to drive China out of the headlines. Yet a dispute between Iran and Great Britain, each of which has seized a tanker ship belonging to the other, has managed it in recent weeks — eclipsing a running feud between Vietnam and China, whose ships have squared off at Vanguard Bank, the westernmost feature in the Spratly Islands. For all that, the South China Sea dispute entails consequences at least as severe as those in the Persian Gulf.

How the U.S. Could Lose a War With China

The Atlantic – It’s not that the Chinese Communist Party would take over Washington. But in its own region, China has the advantage.

PACOM: China Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Tests a Signal to US, World

Washington Free Beacon – China recently conducted the first test of a new anti-ship ballistic missile, firing a salvo of six missiles into the South China Sea in a threatening message to the United States, the commander of the Indo-Pacific Command said Thursday.

The One-Eyed Man is King

USNI Blog – America’s Navy, You live in the land of the blind, comforted in the darkness by your weaponry, your history, and your hubris. You believe you understand the threat and that all your competitors in this new Great Power contest are enveloped in the same blinding fog of future war. But we are not equal: you are at a disadvantage in this game—you are beholden to a past age and must predict and anticipate changes as they proliferate and develop across a world system toeing the edge of collapse, as we rise on its demise.

China Likely Tested Missiles That Can Kill Aircraft Carriers in the South China Sea

National Interest – What does that mean for Asia? America’s allies? How can Washington push back?

China’s Reported Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Test In The South China Sea Is A Big Deal

War Zone – The test fits within a larger trend of increasingly provocative Chinese efforts to assert their authority in the disputed region.

S. China Sea Missile Test Violated Xi Militarization Pledge

Washington Free Beacon – Carrier-killing anti-ship ballistic missile fired from disputed Spratly Islands.

China Confirms Submarine-Launched Missile Test

Washington Free Beacon – China’s Defense Ministry this week confirmed the test firing of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile the Pentagon regards as a strategic weapon capable of striking anywhere in the United States from underwater launch points.

China Tests New Sub-Launched Strategic Missile

Washington Free Beacon – China conducted a flight test of its newest strategic submarine-launched missile, the JL-3, coinciding with the visit to Asia earlier this month by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

How US Allies Can Keep An Electronic Eye On China

Breaking Defense – As it seeks to contain a rising China, America’s great advantage is its larger network of Asian friends and allies. Not all of these nations have the combat power to deter Chinese aggression, let alone fight alongside the US in the nightmare scenario of war. But even our smaller allies can play a vital role as what President Kennedy called “watchmen on the walls of world freedom” by using radar, drones and long-range networks to monitor Chinese moves.

The Ultimate Way to Deter China: Why Island-Chain Defense Can Work

National Interest – Message to Beijing: you can try to deny U.S. and allied forces access to the Western Pacific or the freedom to move around within the theater, but you will see your access and freedom of movement curtailed if you do. Strewing missiles of various kinds along the island chain while deploying manned and unmanned aircraft and ships of war nearby would seal up the straits through which surface and air traffic must pass to reach the broad Pacific.

The South China Sea Needs a ‘COIN’ Toss

USNI Proceedings – China’s actions in the South China Sea are a “maritime insurgency.” Counterinsurgency is the logical response, and history shows the way.

Chinese Nuclear Armed Submarines in Russian Arctic Ports? It Could Happen

National Interest – What once seemed completely farfetched has now evidently become a topic of semi-serious discussion.

Testing the waters: China’s maritime militia challenges foreign forces at sea

Defense News – China’s so-called maritime militia is believed to be behind a series of laser attacks against an Australian naval helicopter over the South China Sea, soon after a U.S. admiral warned that the paramilitary force could be treated as combatants.

Introducing China’s Other Aircraft Carrier Program

National Interest – The PLA Navy’s very first large helicopter carrier, the Type 075, will further tilt an already starkly lopsided imbalance across the Taiwan Strait.