Ships of State: Chinese Civil-Military Fusion and the Hysy 981 Standoff

CIMSEC – With the fifth anniversary of the HYSY 981 standoff on the horizon, reexamining it in the context of China’s civil-military fusion concept reveals Beijing’s strategic thinking on the role China’s merchant marine could play in future conflict.

The Real Problem with China’s Fishermen

National Interest – Chinese trawlers are not the pointy tip of “Chinese maritime expansion,” but do present a genuine environmental challenge to the global community.

China Military Power 2019

DIA – The latest volume in the DIA’s Military Power series, a product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military.

Chinese Shipbuilding and Seapower: Full Steam Ahead, Destination Uncharted

CIMSEC – In recent years, China has been building ships rapidly across the waterfront. Chinese sources liken this to “dumping dumplings into soup broth.” Now, Beijing is really getting its ships together in both quantity and quality. The world’s largest commercial shipbuilder, it also constructs increasingly sophisticated models of all types of naval ships and weapons systems. What made this possible, and what does it mean?

Yes, China Could Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier. But Don’t Bet On It.

National Interest – Could China sink a couple of U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and stun the United States into abandoning the Western Pacific?

China Mobilizes DF-26 Missiles in Response to Warship Passage

Washington Free Beacon – China has mobilized nuclear-capable intermediate-range missiles in response to the passage of a Navy warship near disputed islands in the South China Sea this week.

Jaw-Jaw: Rethinking Our Assumptions About Chinese Aggression

War on the Rocks – Is it possible that China, far from its recent reputation for assertiveness, is in fact a remarkably stable and reticent actor on the world stage? Is there any way that the United States can counteract China’s growing influence on international institutions? Should the United States extend security guarantees to countries like Vietnam? Lyle Goldstein discusses these issues and many more.

‘We’ll see how frightened America is’ — Chinese admiral says sinking US carriers key to dominating South China Sea

Army Times – Another Beijing official has sounded off about the communist nation’s perceived dominance of the South China Sea region, this time coming as an alarming threat of inflicting mass casualties on the U.S. Navy.

China’s NYC-Sized ‘Earthquake Warning System’ Array Sounds More Like A Way To Talk To Submarines

War Zone – With the largest submarine force on Earth, the Chinese increasingly need long-range communications options that don’t require the boats to surface.

Escalation at Sea: Stability and Instability in Maritime East Asia

US Naval War College Review – Low-level instability is to be expected with maritime boundary disputes or when power competition occurs at sea; however, sustained escalatory cycles are unlikely because of the characteristics of the maritime strategic environment.

“Getting Serious about Strategy in the South China Sea”: What Analysis Is Required to Compel a New U.S. Strategy in the South China Sea?

US Naval War College Review – China’s extensive island-building projects in the Spratly Islands, the aggressive harassment tactics of its maritime law-enforcement and paramilitary fleets, and its rejection of binding arbitration rulings on both those activities threaten the rules-based international order and pose political, economic, and potentially military threats to U.S. interests in the region.

A Vietnamese Fisherman Reeled In A Chinese Torpedo In The South China Sea

War Zone – It’s now in the hands of the Vietnamese military and they will likely pick it apart for any intelligence value.

China Flight Tests New Submarine-Launched Missile

Washington Free Beacon – China carried out a flight test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last month that will carry multiple nuclear warheads capable of targeting most of the United States.

China Girds for Undersea Battle in the South China Sea

National Interest – Beijing is setting up a new aircraft unit that will be crucial to its new southern bastion.

Book Excerpt – Red Star Over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy

National Interest – Toshi Yoshihara and James Holmes present the second edition of their important work on this timely topic.

PLA Navy to have at least 5 carriers

Global Times – The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will operate at least five aircraft carriers in the near future, including the country’s first two nuclear-powered ones that would likely be launched around 2025, Chinese military experts predicted on Wednesday.

A Maritime Requirements Picture Book

USNI Blog – We are blessed as much as others are challenged…

China’s 3rd aircraft carrier under construction, to be equipped with new technologies

Global Times – China’s third aircraft carrier is now under construction, the Xinhua News Agency said via its WeChat public account on early Sunday, with Chinese military experts saying on Monday that the warship is expected to be launched in two and a half years.

China Has More Nuclear Subs Than the West Believed

Defense One – Western observers have likely underestimated the number of Chinese nuclear submarines in development, but overestimated how many are operational, a new analysis suggests.

Trump demands China remove missiles in the South China Sea

Washington Times – The Trump administration is demanding that China remove all advanced missiles deployed on disputed islands in the South China Sea, the first time such a demand has been made public.

Here Comes the Swarm: China Just Unveiled a Robot Missile Boat

National Interest – By itself, a Look Out II-type boat does not boast impressive firepower. But then, robot missile vessels won’t operate by themselves.

Assessing the Military Balance in the Western Pacific with Dr. Toshi Yoshihara

CIMSEC – CIMSEC was pleased to be joined by Dr. Toshi Yoshihara of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). Professor Yoshihara is a long-time expert and well-published author on Asian security topics, Chinese naval capabilities, and Chinese maritime strategy.

China Reveals Short-Range Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Designed To Dodge Enemy Defenses

War Zone – The Chinese have their own plans to use the missiles on land and at sea, but also hope to court foreign buyers.

China’s Biggest Airshow Offers More Evidence Of Beijing’s Stealth Drone Focus

War Zone – China is investing heavily in penetrating unmanned aircraft with a possible eye toward developing a drone that will fly from one its future carriers.

China Could Announce a ‘Total Exclusion Zone’ at Any Time

National Interest – Beijing has been studying how to implement a sudden “total exclusion zone.” Target: Taiwan.