Cyberspace is emerging as a contentious frontier in cross-Strait relations. Overt military tension in the Taiwan Strait has ostensibly given way to a cold war in the cyber-domain. A surge in China-sponsored cyber intrusions was highlighted recently by Taiwan’s intelligence chief, Tsai Der-sheng. In remarks made during a public hearing held in late March at […]Read more "CB120513: Critical Node: Taiwan’s Cyber Defense and Chinese Cyber-Espionage"
With Taiwan’s 2012 presidential and legislative elections less than one month away and public opinion polls showing the two presidential hopefuls, President Ma Ying-jeou and Chairwoman Tsai Ing-yen, in a dead heat, Washington and Beijing have been preparing for the possibility of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) returning to power. The possibility of a DPP […]Read more "CB 122011: DPP’s Cross-Strait Policy Consistent with “Status Quo”"
The Republic of China (ROC) Navy appears to be moving forward with a long awaited program to build diesel submarines in Taiwan. A domestic submarine program—which was aborted under former President Chen Shui-bian’s administration—reportedly has been resuscitated in President Ma Ying-jeou’s second term. While talk of an indigenous submarine program is nothing new, interest in […]Read more "CB 033012: Taiwan Navy Sailing Ahead with Indigenous Submarine Program"
At the recently concluded National People’s Congress (NPC) , Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Deputy Secretary-General of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin Province, Li Longxi, announced that North Korean authorities are currently studying a proposal to grant a 10 year extension to China’s lease of Rajin Port, which is located strategically on the border […]Read more "CB 030610: Strategic Implications of China’s Access to the Rajin Port"
The acquisition of advanced foreign technologies coupled with sustained high rates of investment in its defense industries has helped accelerate the pace and scope of China’s military modernization in recent years. One military platform that apparently benefited from this substantial investment, which has the potential to alter the future battlefield, is China’s unmanned combat aerial […]Read more "CB 092410: Advances in China’s UCAV Program"
Ten days before Chinese President Hu Jintao left Beijing to attend the G20 Summit hosted by President George W. Bush in Washington on November 15, 2008 (China Brief, November 7), Zhongnanhai released its first policy white paper on Latin America and the Caribbean. The release of the white paper, preceding President Hu’s third trip to […]Read more "CB 112408: China’s Strategic Engagement with Latin America"
China will soon be one-step closer to its long-standing quest to operate an aircraft carrier. Various reports confirmed that the aircraft carrier Varyag, which China purchased from Ukraine and has been under refurbishment at the port of Dalian, may be set for sea trials this summer (2011)—perhaps in July or as early as May (Navy […]Read more "CB 042211: Is China’s Carrier Aviation Program Kicking into High Gear?"