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"China has begun to create land on Mischief Reef in Beijing's latest move to firm up its South China Sea claims."
"The Airbus imagery shows Tian Kai dredging a channel close to one of China's existing platforms in the reef, and depositing the spoil on the reef to create a landmass."
"Chinese media have also released satellite images suggesting China is beginning to create a landmass at Subi Reef, which is about 25 km southwest of the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island: Manila's only Spratly island to have an airstrip."
"Preventing an accidental war has become a pressing issue as Chinese and Japanese armed ships and aircraft have frequently challenged each other near uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both nations. So far, these encounters have remained peaceful, but experts have warned that a single miscalculation could escalate into a military confrontation."
[Wall Street Journal] An Influential Voice Slams US Handling of New China-led Infrastructure Bank. 03/19/15
"In the past week, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy have all announced plans to join the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)...
"If I had been at the World Bank, I would have tried to embrace the AIIB as a partner," Zoellick said. On execution, Zoellick pointed out that while pressuring its allies and partners to shun the AIIB, the administration did not offer an alternative for creating a better institution or a plan to work toward a set of common goals."
"Drones are going to revolutionize how nations and nonstate actors threaten the use of violence. First, they will make low-cost, high-credibility threats possible."
"Today, the true test of political resolve is not initiating combat but sustaining it...drones of future combat won't have families or come back in coffins."
By Jennifer Lind.
"...If they wanted to reconcile with the Japanese, South Koreans—like the French toward the West Germans—would need to acknowledge the threats that Japan perceived in the early twentieth century and the suffering of the Japanese people during the war...."
"...South Korea distances itself from Tokyo in part to appease Beijing... As part of this distancing, Seoul promotes a narrative (as seen in its recent monuments and museums) that emphasizes Japan’s wartime violence and highlights Korean amity with China...."
[Center for New American Security] China's Tailored Coercion and It's Rival's Actions and Responses. Jan 2015.
"The difference in the two cases is that, at Scarborough Shoal, China was unwilling to signal a willingness to de-escalate and to resolve the matter peacefully..."
"China’s coercive approach appears to limit actions to stay below the threshold that might produce a strong counter-China coalition including the United States."
By Taylor Fravel and Christopher Twomey.
"Despite the prominence of the term “counter-intervention” in Western analysis of the PLA, Chinese military writings rarely use the term and never use it to describe a strategy. When it does appear, it usually refers to one of a number of operations that the PLA would need to undertake in a potential conflict over Taiwan. It does not appear in writings on the other campaigns that currently make up PLA plans. Moreover, the absence of the term does not reflect a deliberate effort to conceal China's strategy."
"Chinese military writings usually use 'counter-intervention' only to describe the United States A2/AD concept in Chinese terms...China's military strategists appear to accept that intervention would have already occurred, implying that denying access in the first place is not a key focus. Rather, there is an acknowledgement that the United States would be military involved in one of China's conflicts, and an expression of a need to manage or deal with such involvement."
By Oriana Mastro.
"U.S. focus on de- escalation through crisis management is unlikely to produce any change in Chinese behavior—if anything it will only encourage greater provocations. Beijing has identified the U.S. fear of inadvertent escalation, and is exploiting it to compel the United States to give in to its demands and preferences. In this way, the U.S. focus on de-escalation may actually be the source of instability by rewarding and encouraging further Chinese provocations. To signal to China that the United States will not opt out of a conflict, Washington must signal willingness to escalate to higher levels of conflict when China is directly and purposely testing U.S. resolve."
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