In pursuit of establishing itself as a global space power, China has been busy developing and operationalising non-kinetic space technology. But in space, where ‘anything can be a weapon’, risks of oblique militarisation raise concerns over Beijing’s activity in the final frontier.
Report on the one-day RUSI conference that focused on exploring whether air forces can, or indeed should, seek to fight like a single weapons system. Delegates heard from the US Air Force and Royal Air Force, alongside representatives from multiple air forces in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's decision to remove a constitutional provision limiting his term in office may have little practical impact on who is already one of the Chinese Communist Party's strongest leaders in history. Still, the decision tells us a great deal about Xi's long-term intentions, but also about resistance he may still be encountering to his political agenda.
A great deal of rhetoric is expended over China’s gigantic investment initiatives. Still, many of the economic projects are real, and Western governments will be well advised to understand their purpose.
A new Chinese White Paper on the country’s space policy raises a number of questions regarding both its role as a space power and the links between its peaceful exploration and use as a military domain.
US President Donald Trump has hinted at a more muscular US foreign policy in Asia–Pacific. In tweets and speeches since the election, he has adopted a hard-line on North Korea and his Asia team is shaping up to reflect Trump’s hawkish stance towards China on trade and security. But it is also likely to be an eclectic group.
Taiwan has unveiled a $15-billion indigenous naval shipbuilding plan that seeks to wean the Republic of China Navy (RoCN) off foreign acquisitions and deliver twelve new platform initiatives between...