PRC / China

  • Global Commons

    U.S., partners work to expand warfighter technologies

    United States Strategic Command The United States Department of Defense (DOD) is working with international and industry partners to develop scalable, autonomous weapons systems aimed at countering the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) munitions buildup. Announced by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks in August 2023, the Replicator initiative will streamline and accelerate delivery of innovative technology at scale. “Replicator is meant…

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  • Global Commons

    Allies and Partners invest in, collaborate on missile defense systems

    FORUM Staff Expanding nuclear and nonnuclear missile arsenals across the Indo-Pacific contribute to security dilemmas throughout the region. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) relies on growing capabilities — including intercontinental and inter-regional ballistic missiles along with medium- and short-range ballistic weapons — to assert expansive sovereignty claims. Meanwhile, a provocative North Korea persists with its United Nations-banned weapons programs,…

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  • Northeast Asia

    Japan, NATO discussing hotline for sharing security information

    FORUM Staff The expanding cooperation between Japan and NATO is continuing with negotiations to establish a hotline for rapidly sharing security information on such threats as cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns, including from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia. The communication tool could be modeled on the system used by the 31-nation security alliance, which can be used to…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Taiwan blasts PRC’s ‘irresponsible’ civilian aircraft routes over strait

    FORUM Staff The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) unilateral decision to move a civilian flight path closer to Taiwan and increase traffic on two routes over the Taiwan Strait poses safety and security concerns, officials said. Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) demanded the PRC “cease such irresponsible flight operations” and promptly begin negotiations. The PRC’s move took effect February 1,…

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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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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    CCP weaponizes law to gain strategic advantage

    FORUM Staff Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping’s slant on international conventions favors the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) objectives, often to other states’ detriment. These unilateral “lawfare” tactics are among the CCP’s gray-zone techniques in seeking global hegemony, analysts say. The CCP increasingly employs lawfare to gain leverage in Indo-Pacific waters, including the Taiwan Strait, and the…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    CCP leadership squandering China’s economic health, citizens’ future security ahead of Lunar New Year

    FORUM Staff The bad news for the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) economy keeps pouring in, dampening the Lunar New Year outlook for many citizens. In early February 2024, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the PRC’s economic slowdown will continue through 2028. The IMF forecast that the PRC’s growth would decline to 3.5% by 2028, down from a forecast…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Chinese trade hurt by Houthi attacks on ships attempting Red Sea passage

    FORUM Staff Though not targets of Houthi rebels, Chinese traders are significantly affected by the militants’ attacks on cargo vessels traversing the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and fear the crisis on one of the world’s busiest shipping routes could have lasting effects. One Chinese businessman said the cost of shipping a container to Europe spiked from about $3,000 in December 2023…

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  • Northeast Asia

    U.S. urges discussions with PRC on nuclear risk reduction

    Reuters The United States does not expect formal nuclear arms-control negotiations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to start soon, but it wants discussions to begin on practical risk-reduction measures, a senior U.S. official said. Pranay Vaddi, the National Security Council’s senior director for arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation, told a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that it was important…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    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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