China and the North Korean Succession

01/07/2012
By Dr. Richard Weitz 01/07/2011 - The international community has looked to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to influence the North Korean succession process in ways that help end the protracted dispute over Pyongyang’s nuclear program and other threatening behavior. The PRC is North Korea’s most important foreign diplomatic,…

Remembering Pearl Harbor the PRC Way

12/07/2011
December 7, 2011 by Ed Timperlake President Hu of the Peoples Republic of China sounds “General Quarters” on the eve of Pearl Harbor Day in calling for the PLAN to make ready for combat and the US response is a call for “Transparency”. [caption id="attachment_31072" align="alignleft" width="230" caption="Inside the Beltway…

Pacific Strategy XIV: Battle of the Bulge-in a Pacific Campaign

10/27/2011
10/27/2011 - by Ed Timperlake Ever since the evacuation of the Chinese Nationalist Forces to Taiwan after their defeat on the mainland by Mao’s Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has quested for a complete victory by establishing sovereignty over that island fortress. (Credit Image: Bigstock)…

How to Defend Taiwan in the Decade Ahead

10/26/2011
10/26/2011 by Ed Timperlake Ever since the evacuation of the Chinese Nationalist Forces to Taiwan after their defeat on the mainland by Mao’s Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has quested for a complete victory by establishing sovereignty over that island fortress. Taiwan is an island…

Balancing China Through Vietnam

01/13/2011
By Richard Weitz Russia delivered two Gepard frigates, each armed with eight KH-35U anti-ship missiles and displacing 1,500 tons, to the VPN in 2009 and 2010 . These are Vietnam’s largest surface combatants. Credit photo :  http://defense-studies.blogspot.com 01/13/2011 - The public display of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter, the expected…

The Evolution of PRC Air Power

01/03/2011
An Overview from (retired) LTG Deptula 01/04/2011 - Recently at an air power conference hosted by RAND Corporation in Taiwan, the former head of Air Force intelligence provided a wide-ranging overview on the evolution of Chinese military power, focusing on the air element. Second Line of Defense is providing a…

Military Diplomacy with China

09/30/2010
Can Hope Triumph Over Experience? By Richard Weitz [caption id="attachment_11443" align="alignleft" width="120" caption="(Credit photo: The Hudson Institute)By Dr. Richard WeitzCan Hope Triumph Over Experience?"][/caption] 09/30/2010 - Another theme in this year’s DoD report on the Chinese military is its appeal to China to make its military programs and objectives considerably…