South China Sea – October 2017

New Map: Chinese Power Projection Capabilities in the South China Sea Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative October 13, 2017 Since 2014, China has substantially expanded its ability to monitor and project power throughout the South China Sea via the construction of dual civilian-military bases at its outposts in the disputed Spratly and Paracel Islands. These include new radar and communications arrays, airstrips and hangars to accommodate combat aircraft, shelters likely meant to house missile platforms, and deployments of mobile surface-to-air and anti-ship cruise missile systemsat Woody Island in the Paracels. How these capabilities overlap is highlighted in the map above. For illustrative purposes, the ranges … Continue reading

Is TPP threat to the world really dead because the US pulled out?

Brian Fallow: Reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership New Zealand Herald Brian Fallon October 6, 2017 Alan Bollard thinks it is a 50:50 question whether leaders at next month’s Apec summit will sign off on a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement which excludes the United States – the TPP11 – or will conclude that they have to renegotiate it. “It’s a bit hard to predict which they are going to do. If they don’t get something to sign, you would have to assume it is going to be on the back-burner,” said Bollard – the former Reserve Bank governor and Treasury secretary who now … Continue reading