In Depth: Asia Pacific and Military

28 Mar 2018

A Religious Awakening in China that Seems Uncontrollable

As young and educated Chinese urbanites are increasingly drawn to Christianity in large numbers, the suspicious death of activist-lawyer Li Baiguang and the stepped-up persecution of Christians suggests the Xi dictatorship is nervous.
26 Oct 2016

Czech President Rescinds Medal for Holocaust Survivor

Czech President Miloš Zeman exemplifies Central Europe’s recent democratic backsliding. His latest blunder: to appease China by rescinding a medal from a Holocaust survivor over support for Tibet.
22 Mar 2016

China’s 2016 Military Budget Up Only 7.6%

Beijing surprised many when it announced plans to reduce the usual rate of increased military spending. Is President Xi reigning in the brass? Or is China in a budget squeeze?
19 Sep 2016

US-India, China-Russia Exercises Reflect New Alliances

As the US and India conduct joint exercises 100km from India’s border with China—China and Russia conduct "island seizing" naval exercises in the South China Sea.
28 Aug 2015

Guess Who’s Coming to China’s Military Parade

In Beijing next week, China’s Communists and others will mark VJ Day by celebrating a victory they had little to do with—while the real victors work to keep peace in the Pacific.
26 Sep 2016

China's Warplanes Stalk Japan, Unite Neighbors

Beijing has just sent 40 warplanes close to Japan's border. China's aggressive posture continues to unite its neighbors and it suggests the generals are running the show.
9 Mar 2016

China's Capacity to Project Power Is Going Global

As the free world facilitated China's economic boom, Beijing insisted it would not build military bases beyond its borders. But now China's military is making moves to project power globally.
30 Oct 2015

Challenging China in the South China Sea

Beijing failed to deliver on its threats this week as a US vessel conducted exercises in the South China Sea. It might not all be empty threats, and with more US transits planned, China may not stand down next time.
16 Jun 2015

Suu Kyi Meets China's Top Leaders, Withholds Criticism

Aung San Suu Kyi concluded a visit to China on Sunday, but Burma’s pro-democracy leader resisted calls to challenge Beijing on the political prisoner and fellow Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.
25 Nov 2015