China and Conflict in the Pacific

09/25/2012
2012-09-25 Richard Weitz has brought the following interview to the attention of the Second Line of Defense team. In this interview, a Chinese expert underscores the potential impact of the first Chinese aircraft carrier on PRC operations in the Pacific. Naval expert Li Jie said that China's first aircraft carrier,…

PLA Navy Capabilities on the March

08/07/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz 08/07/2011 - The PRC’s sustained military buildup has over time allowed the PLAN to modernize many of its platforms and weapons systems. Since the late 1990s, China has undertaken an ambitious modernization program that has produced approximately one hundred new warships since 2001. The PLAN already…

China-Russia Relations and the United States: At a Turning Point?

04/13/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz Premier Wen Jiabao shakes hands with Vladmir Putin on a visit to St. Petersburg. Alexey Druzhinin/AFP(Credit: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-11/24/content_11599087.htm) 04/12/2011 - Since the end of the Cold War, the improved political and economic relationship between Beijing and Moscow has affected a range of international security issues. China and…

The Chinese Challenge

01/03/2011
01/04 /2011 - In a sidebar conversation to the presentation of Lt. General Deptula’s briefing on the PLA Air Force, Second Line of Defense’s Robbin Laird discussed with Lt. General Deptula ways to think about the evolving Chinese challenge. China’s Yilong UAV Credit: www.china-defense-mashup.com   R. Laird: Why don’t we…