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China: Competitor or Adversary?

“Chinese leaders have characterized modernization of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as essential to achieving great power status and what Chinese President Xi Jinping calls the “China Dream” of national rejuvenation. They portray a strong military as critical to advancing Chinese interests, preventing other countries from taking steps that would …

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Cops of the Pacific? U.S. military’s role in Asia during the age of Donald Trump

Trump walks in during Pentagon’s preparations for a future U.S.-Japan-South Korean triangular military alliance Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role of U.S. military power may be made in a region where, as …

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Finally, Letting the Philippines Go

Exclusive: Official Washington is in a tizzy over Philippine President Duterte’s outreach to China and his estrangement from the U.S., but this realignment beats the alternative, a military showdown between the U.S. and China, writes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall As the crisis in U.S.-Philippines relations escalates, conventional …

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China’s Fall 2016 Latin America Charm Offensive

In recent months, the People’s Republic of China has successfully faced and largely overcome a significant crisis in its relationships with Latin America, even while the United States, as it approaches the upcoming presidential election, plunges into a new phase of uncertainty in its own relationship with the …

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