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Caucus Brief: China to build lighthouses on five isles in defiance of U.S. call

August 7, 2014

China to build lighthouses on five isles in defiance of U.S. call. China plans to build lighthouses on five islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on Thursday, in defiance of calls from the United States and the Philippines for a freeze on such activity to ease tension over rival claim...

Caucus Brief: Japan concerned Pacific security situation getting worse

August 6, 2014

Japan concerned Pacific security situation getting worse. Japan’s annual defense white paper says the country’s security environment is becoming increasingly severe amid challenges posed by China, North Korea and Russia. The report, released Tuesday, details national security developments in the pas...

Caucus Brief: Chinese Assertiveness Has Asia on Edge: How to Respond

August 5, 2014

Editor’s note: Sorry for the lack of an update yesterday folks. Here is an extra-long brief today to make up for it. Chinese Assertiveness Has Asia on Edge: How to Respond. A recent Pew Research Poll made clear that publics in East Asia are increasingly uneasy about the destabilizing effects of Chin...

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