Sea-based nukes: A marginal effect on stability

Thomas Mahnken

There are several sources of instability in the Asia Pacific region today. Some are political, such as China’s pursuit of territorial claims at sea and on land at the expense of its neighbours. Others are military, such as those elements […]

Xi asked Park to ‘tread carefully’ on U.S. missile defense system

Yonhap News Agency

BEIJING (Yonhap) ― Chinese President Xi Jinping asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to “tread carefully” over a U.S. move to deploy its advanced missile-defense system in South Korea during their July summit, two Seoul diplomatic sources said Tuesday. Xi […]

Turkey extends deadline for anti-missile defense proposals till Dec 31

Hürriyet Daily News

Turkey has again extended the deadline for bids for a multi-billion dollar anti-missile defense system tender, despite having provisionally awarded the deal to China last year. The new deadline for rival bidding companies to submit their proposals is Dec. 31, […]

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On land and sea, China’s nuclear capability growing

Stars and Stripes

A Standard Missile-3 interceptor launches from the USS Lake Erie during a test in September 2013. Some Chinese officials have cited U.S. ballistic missile defense and U.S. military conventional strike capability as reasons for the need to upgrade their nuclear […]

Russia signals nod to sale of S-400 anti-aircraft missile to China

Want China Times

A representative of Russia’s arms enterprise Almaz-Antey revealed that China may be the first foreign buyer of its S-400 anti-aircraft missile. Meanwhile, the Russian government has given its approval for the weapon’s export, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily. […]