The timing was perfect: just as the new Trump Administration is preparing to take over in the US, Beijing has published a White Paper entitled ‘China’s Policies on Asia–Pacific Security Cooperation’. It claims to outline China’s contributions to Asia–Pacific regional security. But it fails to diminish concerns over its regional ambitions.
China’s seizure last week of a US naval drone in international waters has drawn attention to China's assertive approach throughout South East Asia. And that affects both big countries and small countries, such as Singapore.
North Korea’s recent military posturing has increased international interest in Kim Jong-il’s successor. Focus is now directed toward Kim Jong-un, third son of Kim Jong-il and reportedly heir apparent. In this commentary John Hemmings examines the challenges his young age and limited time to forge alliances with key members of the leadership will pose to his future rule and regional stability.
Following the release of China’s defence white paper, an enormous amount of attention is being paid to China’s naval and air force modernisation as well as its nuclear and missile forces. However, it is the PLA’s less-discussed army that is going to play the most critical role in safeguarding China’s security interests in 2009.
China’s Sixtieth Anniversary Naval Review served as an opportunity to remind the international community of its meteoric rise and relevance to international security. The event also acted as a milestone for China’s armed forces, putting the world on notice that China intends to have a fully-fledged blue-water navy by 2050.