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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Resumed U.S.-PRC military dialogue seeks to avoid misunderstandings

    FORUM Staff The December 21, 2023, contact was long anticipated. United States Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke that day with his counterpart in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Gen. Liu Zhenli, chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Joint Staff. The videoconference call ended a 16-month lapse in dialogue…

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    Taiwan expands missile production, launch sites as PLA incursions persist

    Maria T. Reyes Taiwan is bolstering its missile defenses amid increasing threats and incursions by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) military. With People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fighter jets frequently entering the self-governed island’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) — and the looming threat of attacks by PLA combat drones and cruise missiles — Taipei has initiated mass production of advanced…

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    Taiwan wary of CCP coercion, disinformation as elections approach

    FORUM Staff Expected interference from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election has the democratically governed island on alert. “The way the Chinese communists interfere in elections is very diversified,” Taiwan’s National Security Bureau Director-General Tsai Ming-yen warned lawmakers, according to Reuters news agency. Chinese fighter jets and warships are seen from China’s Pingtan Island, facing the…

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