China Policy Institute Blog » Home Page. China and the US F-16 upgrade sale to Taiwan. Author: Sheryn Lee, ANU The US confirmed last month that it will uphold a commitment to refurbish Taiwan’s aging F-16A/B jet fighter fleet in a US$5.85 billion arms package.
This has once again sparked debate about whether Washington’s continued arms sales to Taipei serve the region’s interests in maintaining the cross-Strait status quo. Supporters of the weapons sales argue that they are imperative to ensuring Taiwan retains a self-defence capability. Supporters equally do not see the sales as heightening military competition across the Taiwan Strait, as the rapid relative growth of Chinese power already means the military balance has swung in favour of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). But those opposed to the arms sales say that these actions have unnecessarily increased tensions between Washington and Beijing at an already sensitive time in Sino–US relations. The US’ credibility in providing security and stability is also at stake. Sheryn Lee is a T.B. China Leadership Monitor current issue.
Since the first sweeping structural reform of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 1985, the military media have periodically floated trial balloons about deeper restructuring, but the political realities of the situation have consistently stymied the proposed changes. In early 2014, the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the PLA was planning to make the most significant modifications to its command and control structure in almost 30 years, replacing its administrative, geographically oriented military region system with a mission-oriented configuration designed to match the increasing “joint” orientation of its deployed forces. To the surprise of many, official Chinese media organs did not reject the report out of hand, but instead expressed dismay that the information had been disseminated prematurely, and grudgingly acknowledged plans to carry out the changes. China Brief - The Jamestown Foundation.
Old Wine in an Ancient Bottle: Changes in Chinese State Ideology March 20, 2014 Only a year since assuming the top Party post in November 2012, Xi Jinping has emerged as the strongest Chinese leader in decades.
His sweeping anti-corruption and mass line campaigns have shaken the bureaucracy, consolidated his... Category: China Brief, Home Page, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, Domestic/Social, Elite Fleshing out the Third Plenum: the Direction of China’s Legal Reform Since the Third Plenum in November of last year, a couple of interesting documents have appeared that have begun to add meat to the Plenum’s bare bones recommendations for reforming China’s legal system. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs. 財團法人海峽交流基金會. China Broadcasting Corporation World Wide Web. China Television Company - CTS. The View from Taiwan. The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato. Echo Taiwan. The Foreigner in Formosa. Admittedly the competition is stiff, but Joe Hung goes full Goebbels with his latest screed on March 24th's government eviction of student protesters from Taiwan's Executive Building.
Claims Joe about Ma Ying-jeou's bloody crackdown: "The force used to expel the Black Island Nation Youth Front mob wasn't violent at all. " [Emphasis added] Refutation comes from the equivalent of a thousand words: (Image from 4am.tw) No violence, you say, Joe? Or maybe it's spontaneous hemorrhaging. Or, when in doubt, why not return to one of Joe Hung's pet tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories? Oh, the lengths these sneaky devils go to! The China Post's Joe Hung begins his latest column by informing his readers of the meaning of "grandiosity". Instead, he might have been better served looking up the definition of violence, in order to avoid making a complete ass of himself. Postscript: Heh. But this is Joe Hung we're talking about, so standards of good journalism don't really apply.
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