PRC / CCP Influence

  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Japan’s defense priorities outlined amid geopolitical tensions

    Marc Jacob Prosser Geopolitical tensions and technological innovation will continue to shape Japan’s defense priorities, analysts say, including external threats from North Korea and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and internal challenges such as human resources and technological upgrades. Tokyo is developing safeguards to defend its interests against aggressors while supporting domestic defense advances. Hirohito Ogi, a senior research…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Philippine Coast Guard accuses PRC of dangerous maneuvers

    Agence France-Presse The Philippine Coast Guard accused Chinese vessels of dangerous maneuvers in early February 2024 near a reef off the Philippine coast. The Philippine vessel BRP Teresa Magbanua was patrolling around Scarborough Shoal, delivering provisions to fishing crews and ensuring their safety. The shoal, a rich South China Sea fishing ground, is within the Philippines’ internationally recognized exclusive economic…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Philippines, Vietnam expanding cooperation in South China Sea

    The Associated Press The Philippines and Vietnam signed agreements in late January 2024 to prevent incidents in the South China Sea and broaden cooperation between their coast guards in a growing alliance that will likely be frowned upon by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Beijing claims almost all of the strategic waterway in defiance of a 2016 international tribunal ruling that…

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    Indonesian Air Force modernization strengthens sovereignty, regional stability

    Gusty Da Costa The Indonesian Air Force’s acquisition of fighter jets from France and the United States underscores its major modernization strides and strengthened interoperability with partner nations. Experts say the advances bolster Indonesia’s efforts to protect its territory amid a military buildup by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which is conducting unlawful activities in the South China Sea…

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    Taiwan begins extended conscription in response to PRC threat

    Reuters New recruits began serving one-year compulsory military service in Taiwan in late January 2024 after the conscription period was extended from four months over concerns about the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) rising military threat. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announced the extension in late 2022. The PRC has ramped up military, diplomatic and economic pressure to assert its claims…

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    How Taiwan beat back disinformation and preserved election integrity

    The Associated Press The rumors about vote fraud started swirling as the ballots in Taiwan’s presidential election were being tallied in mid-January 2024. There were baseless claims that people had fabricated votes and that officials had miscounted and skewed the results. In a widely shared video, a woman recording votes mistakenly enters one in the column for the wrong candidate.…

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  • Global Commons

    Nations developing rules for use of AI, autonomous weapons

    FORUM Staff More than 50 nations have joined the United States in setting guidelines to ensure the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous weapons systems adheres to international law, according to a top U.S. defense official. As AI becomes more prominent in weapons development and other military applications, stakeholders are developing rules to govern its use. Philippine and U.S.…

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    U.S., Chinese military officials resume talks

    The Associated Press United States and Chinese military officials have resumed talks frozen since mid-2022, a development U.S. officials said is key to keeping competition between the nations from turning into conflict. During the deputy-level talks at the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in Washington, D.C., in January 2024, officials discussed setting future meetings, including potentially between the nations’ top…

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    Report reveals importance of U.S., Allies, Partners countering PRC aggression in 2024

    FORUM Staff The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is increasingly using military coercion in its attempts to overturn the established system of international laws and norms, according to the 2023 China Military Power Report (CMPR) by the United States Department of Defense (DOD). Security analysts expect the trend to continue in 2024. The DOD, for example, documented more than 300…

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    Experts: CCP’s military purge will escalate

    FORUM Staff As 2023 waned, the purge of defense officials in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) intensified, especially among those associated with an elite missile unit. The state-run Xinhua News Agency reported the ouster of nine generals from the National People’s Congress, which is considered a “rubber-stamp parliament” for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Five of the generals were…

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