2012: The Year of Chinese Air Power?

2012 may be China's most impressive year when it comes to aerospace accomplishments. It shows that rapid progress and important breakthroughs are being made, and these could upset the military balance in the Asia-Pacific in the long-term.

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Chinese Navy Tests Land Attack Cruise Missiles: Implications for Asia-Pacific

Deployment of the DH-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM), similar in design to the American BGM-109 Tomahawk and Russian KH-55, on Chinese warships could bring new meaning to gunboat diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific.

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Chinese Navy Tests Land Attack Cruise Missiles: Implications for Asia-Pacific

Deployment of the DH-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM), similar in design to the American BGM-109 Tomahawk and Russian KH-55, on Chinese warships could bring new meaning to gunboat diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific.

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Sino-Indian Defence Cooperation: Room for Improvement

Four Indian warships, including the INS Shivalik, one of India’s most capable indigenously built surface combatants, paid a five-day visit to Shanghai on 14 June 2012, marking the first Indian naval port call to China in six years. Sino-Indian defence relations have come a long way. But there is room for improvement.

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China’s homegrown F-35?

Images have recently surfaced of what bloggers have alleged as the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation's (601 Institute) latest combat aircraft design.

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China’s Mekong Predicament

China is breaking from tradition by seeking to co-police the Mekong with its Southeast Asian partners. It is an ambitious endeavour with many challenges ahead.

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Assessing China’s Approach to the South China Sea

While realpolitik continues to underpin China's policymaking process, the transmission of external norms has fuelled internal debate on whether Beijing should adopt win-win approaches to the South China Sea maritime disputes.

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Dragon’s Teeth: China’s New Armoured Vehicles

Internet photos have confirmed that two “new” indigenously developed armoured vehicles have entered service with the People’s Liberation Army. Online bloggers have given the main battle tank the designation ZTZ-99C. The infantry fighting vehicle has been designated ZBD-08.

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Japanese destroyer to visit China: Thawing Sino-Japanese relations (again)

It has been announced that the JMSDF will be sending a destroyer on a good will visit to China next week. Why is this so significant? What are some implications?

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Asia Security Watch: The “People” in People’s War – Improving China’s Infantryman

Putting aside all the fancy toys China is getting, the People's Liberation Army's investment in improving its infantry is itself a demonstration of the nation's intense military modernisation.

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Asia Security Watch: Could downed U.S. drone benefit China?

Reports of an intact US RQ-170 drone brought down by Iranian authorities have spurred widespread speculation that the drone or its sensitive technologies will be handed over to China. Taking into account a hypothetical situation in which Beijing got its hands on the drone, Wilson Chau assesses the implications on China's indigenous UAV programme.

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Asia Security Watch: China’s new maritime patrol aircraft

Maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) are some of the most valuable and versatile platforms for navies and air forces in the Asia-Pacific region. It has now been confirmed by internet sources that China's indigenous MPA programme has literally taken off. Wilson Chau explores the potential purposes for a Chinese MPA.

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