How is China bolstering its military diplomatic relations?

by ChinaPower/CSIS

Military diplomacy can be broadly defined as a set of non-combat activities carried out by a country’s armed forces to advance its national diplomatic interests. Military diplomatic activities often take the form of joint military exercises, high-level military dialogues, and naval port calls. In the case of China, its ongoing military modernization has enhanced the frequency and complexity of these activities. In general, military diplomatic activities provide China with opportunities to improve its global image and support its broader diplomatic agenda, while simultaneously enhancing its military operational capabilities. Continue reading “How is China bolstering its military diplomatic relations?”

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What Makes China’s Fake Island Military Bases in the South China Sea So Dangerous

by Kyle Mizokami / February 12, 2017 / National Interest.org

In recent years the People’s Republic of China has laid claim to ninety percent of the South China Sea, buttressing this claim by creating artificial islands with dredging equipment. These claims run roughshod over Beijing’s neighbors, which have competing claims. The discovery in 2016 that China had militarized these artificial islands was not exactly surprising, but just how useful are these islands in defense of China’s strategic goals? Continue reading “What Makes China’s Fake Island Military Bases in the South China Sea So Dangerous”

China about to Launch the World’s Biggest Guided Missile Destroyer

by Arthur Dominic Villasanta / December 10, 2016 / Chinatopix

Taiwan media is reporting that construction China’s first Type 055 guided missile destroyer — the largest and most heavily armed destroyer in the world — is nearing completion. Continue reading “China about to Launch the World’s Biggest Guided Missile Destroyer”