China's first robotic lunar rover was launched on Monday which will explore the Bay of Rainbows on the Moon's surface. Full story here.
As the Chinese grow more determined to assert their territorial claims over a string of islands once important mainly to fishermen, America’s allies are also pouring military assets into the region — potentially escalating the once obscure dispute into a broader test of power in the Pacific.
Now a maritime outpost that had modest strategic significance is taking on enormous symbolic import. South Korea, which has broader concerns about China’s regional power, is building a new
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China will hold a roundtable on November 21, 2013 on corruption in China. Panelists will discuss corruption among Chinese high-level officials and recent anti-corruption efforts, and explore corruption’s role in human rights violations. Panelists also will examine corruption linked to state-owned and other enterprises and explore the implications for commercial rule of law. The roundtable will be webcast live. More information here.
CWP Postdoctoral Fellow, Cheng-Chwee Kuik, recently published an article in the Chinese Journal of International Politics entitled "Making Sense of Malaysia’s China Policy: Asymmetry, Proximity, and Elite’s Domestic Authority." In it, he challenges the mainstream neorealist notion that the growing capability and geographical proximity of a rising power tend to induce fear among its weaker neighbours. By tracing the transformation of Malaysia’s China policy, the
CWP Postdoctoral Fellow, Cheng-Chwee Kuik, has written in Asian Security an article entitled, "Malaysia's US Policy Under Najib: Structural and Domestic Sources of a Small State's Strategy." Here, he explains Malaysia’s US policy under Prime Minister Najib. He argues that to the extent that there is a “shift” in Malaysia’s policy, its substance has been shaped by structural and domestic considerations. Structurally, in the face of a fast risin
Princeton for North Korean Human Rights (PNKHR) will be hosting the 2nd annual Intercollegiate Conference on North Korean Human Rights this Nov. 22-23rd.
Shin Dong-Hyuk, the only known defector to have been born in and escaped from a North Korean political prison camp, and the world’s leading experts on North Korean human rights issues, will be speaking during this conference. All speaker events will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23rd in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall from
In the Harvard Asia Quarterly, former CWP Fellow Andrew Reickson writes on the Indo-Pacific region. The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is emerging as a strategic zone of particular importance, one with tremendous economic potential but significant security challenges. Still the sole superpower, the US has a unique role to play in securing and maintaining the international system—including in the IOR—but requires a reliable network of overseas bases to do so, in a region that is not
As China and other states transition towards “ocean economies,” piracy and other non-traditional threats continue to jeopardize the stability of the crucial waterways that deliver the lion’s share of world trade. Given their unconventional features such as uncertainty of origin, unpredictability, and unresponsiveness to diplomatic efforts, suppressing non-traditional security threats often requires the concerted efforts of multiple state actors. As the fifth anniversary of Chin
CWP Postdoctoral Fellow Tabitha Mallory gives a talk on China's distant water fishing industry next week at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, November 5. At this November 5th Wilson Center meeting, Dr. Mallory will explore the drivers and impacts of China’s distant fishing fleets and Adam Baske (Pew Charitable Trusts Global Tuna Conservation Program) will discuss the difficulties in regulating multi-national and multi-species fisheries across large ocean ar
The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Nov 1 that China's Defence Ministry lodged a formal diplomatic complaint over what it called "dangerous provocation" by Japan for shadowing Chinese military exercises in the western Pacific. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/japanese-ships-disrupt-chinese-military-exercises-20131101-2wmia.html#ixzz2jh8pyAx9.
Attend Dr. Fravel's lecture on Wednesday to receive an indepth analysis of this ongoing situation.