"India is establishing a new mountain corps for deployment along its Himalayan boundaries."
"Tokyo is setting up Japan's first amphibious operations unit to defend East China Sea islands contested by China and is adding 42 F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters."
"The U.S. partially lifted a long-standing arms embargo on Vietnam last October. "
"According to analysts and regional diplomats, Beijing has realised that its increasingly aggressive posture in the region — as exemplified by the HD-891 rig’s sudden appearance near the disputed Paracel Islands in May — had come at too high a diplomatic cost."
"...pictures, taken by a commercial satellite division of Airbus Group and released by IHS Jane's...
Chinese aircraft can patrol the East China Sea with relative ease from bases in eastern China, but can't operate effectively over the Spratlys and other far-flung parts of the South China Sea without refueling and ground support.
The facilities at Fiery Cross Reef could be suitable for that eventually, according to some experts. One possibility is that China would use an airstrip there as a backup for future operations by its first aircraft carrier, which it launched in 2011 and has sent on training operations in the South China Sea.
In the near term, the infrastructure will likely be used more to enhance radar coverage of the area, support a small presence of military personnel, and provide logistics support for ships patrolling the farther reaches of the South China Sea, according to several experts."
By Dennis J. Blasko, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), served 23 years as a Military Intelligence Officer and Foreign Area Officer specializing in China.
“The important thing to know with armed drones is that based on America’s record, they lower the threshold for when countries use armed force,” Zenko said. “And when you have that lower threshold, it can change the calculus of countries.”
"Officials said it would take months, but not years, to approve requests."
[South China Morning Post] China 'not ready to win war' despite PLA modernization, says US report. 02/12/15
Report by Rand Corporation for Congress finds graft, poor staffing and lack of training hinders the military - and some retired generals agree.
"It said a party-ruled army could be contributing to potential risk, citing the rift between then premier Wen Jiabao and Guo Boxiong, who was vice-chairman of the PLA's supreme Central Military Commission (CMC) during the 2008's earthquake in Sichuan province."
[Washington Post] China Builds Second Aircraft Carrier, But Deletes News Reports Announcing It. 02/02/15
"The government in Changzhou, in eastern Jiangshu province, boasted on social media on Sunday that a local firm had won a contract to supply electrical cabling for the carrier. It later deleted the post, but not before it had been widely circulated. A report in a local newspaper was also withdrawn."
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