Category Archives: defense

Countering China’s narrative on its globalization – Howard French

Journalist Howard French’s book Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power is reviewed by the Globe&Mail. Key argument: French counters the Chinese narrative of a benevolent force, unlike the greedy Western colonizators. And on Trump: “When two emperors appear simultaneously, one must be destroyed.”

China does not need bombs to fight a war – Shaun Rein

South-Korea is not the first country to see China can fight an argument without sending the army in: Japan and France are just a few examples where tinkering with economic power was more effective, for example by redirecting its tourists. It is easier to bully South Korea than Japan,” says business analyst Shaun Rein in the South China Morning Post.

China´s leaders lose little sleep over US elections – Zhang Lijia

China-bashing has been part of the US elections for ages, and in 2016 the ritual is the same, although China has become a much stronger force than in the past and the US candidates have failed to adjust their tone, writes author Zhang Lijia of the upcoming Lotus: A Novel. Few Chinese leaders lose sleep over the US elections, she writes for Aljazeera.

Taiwan invests US$15 billion in indigenous defense project – Wendell Minnick

Taiwan is going to invest close to US$15 billion into indigenous shipbuilding projects in an effort to become more independent from changing US policies on defense, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News

China builds amphibious Taiwan scenario – Wendell Minnick

China´s military have been building out amphibious capability for their Taiwan invasion scenario, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News, quoting an annual report by the Pentagon for the US Congress.

US arrest suspect for carbon fiber theft – Wendell Minnick

US judicial authorities have arrested the Chinese national Fuyi “Frank” Sun for trying to steal carbon fiber, used for military and aerospace applications, defense analyst Wendell Minnick writes in Defense News. Sun was caught by an undercover unit of Home Land Security (HSI).

Shrinking Taiwan military moonlight as China spies – Wendell Minnick

Taiwanese military increasingly spy for China, as their future in the military looks dim, as relations between Beijing and Tapei improve, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. Share their information with China is one way to cash in on their knowledge.

Chinese fighters seen at Woody Island – Wendell Minnick

China is extending its grip on the South China Sea by stationing advanced J-11BH/BHS fighters on Woody Island. According to defense analyst Wendell Minnick those fighters can reach an additional 360 kilometers into the disputed area, he writes in Defense News.

Xi showed he is in charge – Wendell Minnick

If the big military parade in Beijing proved one thing, it is Xi Jinping is firmly in charge, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. “Instead of party members, Russian President Vladimir Putin stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Xi.”

What the US Navy can learn from the Beijing parade – Wendell Minnick

Apart from showing grandeur, the huge Beijing parade showcased also a large amount of new weaponry. Defense analyst Wendell Minnick saw some new features that should certainly get the attention of the US Navy, he writes in Defense News, 20 years after the Taiwan Strait Missile Crisis.