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Bogdan: F-35 Likely Protected in Next Budget

The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program’s top official said Monday. …read...

French Arms Exports Rise 42 Percent

France signed arms export contracts worth ?6.87 billion (US $8.8 billion) in 2013, up more than 42 percent from the ?4.8 billion in the previous year, despite tougher US competition and Russia, according to...

Comparative Connections v.16 n.2 – US-Southeast Asia

Senior US officials emphasized the centrality of Southeast Asia in the Obama administration’s rebalance policy at several ASEAN-based venues, where they stressed the roles of these organizations in regional diplomacy for resolving disagreements. read...

PacNet #72 – Comparative Connections Summaries

The September 2014 issue of Comparative Connections is available at http://csis.org/program/comparative-connections. Regional Overview: The Rebalance Remains Reality by Ralph A. Cossa and Brad Glosserman read more …read more

Comparative Connections v.16 n.2 – US-Korea

The summer months saw steady progress in ROK-US relations, following President Obama’s visit to Seoul where he offered reassurances on the US rebalance toward Asia. Military activity included Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, involving tens...

Comparative Connections v.16 n.2 – China-Southeast Asia

China’s deployment of an oil rig along with a protecting fleet in the Paracel Islands shocked the region and particularly Vietnam, the other main claimant to these islands. Large-scale dredging to create Chinese-controlled islands...

Comparative Connections v.16 n.2 – US-Japan

The Abe government outlined an economic growth strategy and introduced a package of defense policy reforms aimed at enhancing Japan’s leadership role on security. Bilateral dialogue on security cooperation and military exercises featured prominently,...

Comparative Connections v.16 n.2 – Japan-China

Japan spent the summer months pressing for a summit. In remarks to the Diet, press conferences, and public speeches Prime Minister Abe made clear his quest for a summit with President Xi during the...

Comparative Connections v.16 n.2 – China-Taiwan

In early May, General Secretary Xi Jinping made clear that Beijing would adhere to its peaceful development policy toward Taiwan in the wake of the student-led Sunflower Movement. In June, TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun...

Comparative Connections v.16 n.2 – China-Korea

Presidents Xi Jinping and Park Geun-hye met in Seoul while North Korea conducted a series of short-range missile and artillery tests. The summit produced a joint statement reaffirming cooperation on Korean denuclearization, but Chinese...

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