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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...

Germany sending 40 soldiers to Iraqi Kurdistan

Berlin is preparing to send around 40 soldiers to northern Iraq to train Kurdish fighters battling against militants from the Islamic State, the German army said on Saturday. …read more

British MoD Reconsiders Assembling Scout in UK

General Dynamics has been asked by the Ministry of Defence to look again at the cost of assembling most of the vehicles under a major armored vehicle contract locally rather than in Spain, according...

Boeing Begins Rolling Out New Business Strategy

Since tacking charge of Boeing Defense, Space & Security late last year, Chris Chadwick has been building a plan to transform the world’s No. 2 military contractor with $33 billion in 2013 sales and...

Swedish Panel To Probe Controversial Chinese Deal

Sweden’s Defense Ministry and other leading defense and technology organizations will be under the spotlight this week as a parliamentary committee probes whether a research cooperation initiative could have led to the sale of...

Pacific Fleet Akulas Bound for Severodvinsk

Akulas Loaded on Transshelf (photo: http://www.dockwise.com) On 9 September, ITAR-TASS reported two Pacific Fleet Akula-class submarines had begun a three-week Northern Sea Route (NSR) transit to Severodvinsk for a “deep modernization” at Zvezdochka. They...

Anti-IS Coalition Grows, But Turkey Takes Back Seat

US officials have shored up support from more than a dozen countries to confront Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. But despite a top-level diplomatic push, Turkey is less likely to play an...

Iraqi Military Failings Pose Challenge For Anti-IS War

The shortcomings of the Iraqi military, which withered under a June militant onslaught and relies on Shiite militias for support, pose a significant challenge to international efforts against brutal jihadists. …read more

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