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Backgrounder: China’s Military Modernization Comes of Age

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The latest defense department report on China’s military modernization suggests that Beijing is rapidly closing the capability gap with Western peers, particularly with regard to air, sea, and missile forces.

Is the Australia-UK-USA Trilateral Security Partnership (AUKUS) a Gamechanger?

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The pact is notable in its shift from style to substance in US-led efforts to counter China in the Indo-Pacific.

Global Forecast (3-7-2021)

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Examining the issues and hotspots that will be making headlines in the week ahead.

Hong Kong Security Law Ringing Alarm Bells in UK, Canada, and Australia

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In rhetoric, and increasingly in the realm of defense spending as well, Western countries are preparing for a more adversarial relationship with China.

SIPRI Annual Report: Three Takeaways from Global Defense Spending

cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 12, 2020) An unarmed Trident II (D5LE) missile launches from Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) off the coast of San Diego, California, Feb. 12, 2020. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs’ demonstration and shakedown operation certification process. The successful launch demonstrated the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and crew following the submarine’s engineered refueling overhaul. This launch marks 177 successful missile launches of the Trident II (D5 & D5LE) strategic weapon system. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Gooley/Released)

Geopolitical forces could mean that the global COVID-19 dip in defense spending turns out to be short-lived.

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