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Press Release: Forbes Named “Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America
May 22, 2015
The Virginia Council of Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America (VCOC MOAA) announced that Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) has been named the “Legislator of the Year.” The award recognizes Members of Congress for “exemplary support of the national security of the United States and the current and past members of the Armed Forces and their families.” “The men and women serving in our armed forces are not only America’s finest, but also the reason this country is free,” said C... More
China Caucus Blog
China Warns U.S. Surveillance Plane
May 21, 2015
Editor’s Note: The Caucus Brief will return on Monday, June 1st. China Warns U.S. Surveillance Plane. “The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence. The series of man-made islands and the massive Chinese military build-up on them have alarmed the Pentagon, which is carrying out the surveillance flights in order to make clear the U.S. does not recognize China's territorial claims. ... More
China Caucus Blog
U.S. Admiral Calls on China to Explain South China Sea Land Reclamation
May 20, 2015
U.S. Admiral Calls on China to Explain South China Sea Land Reclamation. “The U.S. Navy’s second-most senior commander called on China to explain its land-reclamation works in the South China Sea and offered to support Southeast Asian countries if they choose to adopt a unified stance against Beijing. The comments, in an interview Tuesday with Adm. Michelle Howard, vice chief of naval operations, add to recent pressure on China to address criticism about its construction of artificial islands in... More
China Caucus Blog
China's Not Backing Down in the South China Sea
May 19, 2015
China’s Not Backing Down in the South China Sea. “Washington has no intention of sitting back and letting Beijing have all the fun in the contested South China Sea. For the most part, Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Beijing this weekend offered him and his Chinese counterparts an opportunity to boast about everything going well between their governments: a two-way trade relationship worth just over $555 billion, bilateral investments in excess of $120 billion, as well as ongoing cooperat... More
Editorial
A Toolkit for Recent Grads
May 18, 2015
This spring, students across the country are walking across stages, clad in caps and gowns, proud to celebrate their educational accomplishments. But once the celebration and the graduation parties end, many graduates are also left feeling a bit overwhelmed by the responsibilities that await. My office has built a Toolkit for Recent Grads, designed to provide resources that many graduates might need as they think about their lives beyond school and seek to set themselves up for success. Perhaps ... More
China Caucus Blog
U.S., China Set for High-Stakes Rivalry in Skies Above South China Sea
May 15, 2015
U.S., China Set for High-Stakes Rivalry in Skies Above South China Sea. “When the U.S. navy sent a littoral combat ship on its first patrol of the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea during the past week, it was watching the skies as well. The USS Fort Worth, one of the most modern ships in the U.S. navy, dispatched a reconnaissance drone and a Seahawk helicopter to patrol the airspace, according to a little-noticed statement on the navy's website. While the navy didn't mention China... More
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