The Abe government is looking to expanded defense cooperation with Southeast Asian nations as a way to counter China’s growing assertiveness and military clout in the region.
Chinese Military Power
Daniel Bodirsky examines the historical context of Vietnam’s apprehension towards its powerful northern neighbor.
Sander Ruben Aarten examines the geopolitical significance of the disputed area of Aksai Chin along the Sino-Indian border.
Dr. Murray Hunter analyzes the latest Australian defense white paper with an eye on whether or not policymakers in Canberra have missed a big opportunity.
The Liberal Democratic Party’s Shinzo Abe emerged as the big winner in last week’s elections in Japan. But any forecast of the next four years of LDP rule must begin with the question: where exactly does the rhetoric end and the real policy begin?
The next rulers of China will be revealed this week, but a clear picture has yet to emerge as to whether the new Politburo Standing Committee will be dominated by the Xi Jinping ‘princeling’ faction, or the Communist Youth League ‘tuanpai’ clique that has rallied around outgoing President Hu Jintao. Whichever it is will have a decisive impact on the next ten years of Chinese government policy.