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Caucus Brief: Welcome to China and America's Nuclear Nightmare
December 19, 2014
Welcome to China and America’s Nuclear Nightmare. “For all the focus on maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas, there is an even greater peril in Asia that deserves attention. It is the rising salience of nuclear weapons in the region. China’s military buildup—in particular its growing capabilities to blunt America’s ability to project effective force in the western Pacific—is threatening to change the military balance in the area. This will lead to a cascade of strategic shifts that... More
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Caucus Brief: U.S. to Continue Push for Stronger Military Ties With China
December 18, 2014
U.S. to Continue Push for Stronger Military Ties With China. “The next commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific said Thursday he wouldn’t deviate from his predecessor’s strategy of seeking stronger military ties with China and other countries in the region despite conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea. Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., who currently commands U.S. Navy forces in the Pacific and was confirmed last week as the next chief of the Hawaii-based U.S. Pacific Command, sai... More
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Caucus Brief: Philippines to Get Frigates, Gunboats, Helicopters As Tension Simmers
December 17, 2014
Philippines to Get Frigates, Gunboats, Helicopters As Tension Simmers. “The Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent urgency to the need to bolster forces, a Philippine navy officer said on Wednesday. China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, rejecting claims to parts of it by the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan. The confrontation between the Philippines a... More
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Caucus Brief: Forbes Calls For Review of US-China Military Engagement
December 15, 2014
Forbes Calls For Review of US-China Military Engagement. “A top lawmaker is urging the Pentagon to review its military engagement policy with China amid concerns that cooperation has provided more benefits to Beijing and failed to convince the Chinese military to cease aggressive actions in the Asia-Pacific. Rep. Randy Forbes (R., Va.), leader of the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, sent a letter on Wednesday to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and De... More
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Caucus Brief: China, Vietnam Clash Again Over South China Sea Claims
December 12, 2014
Editor’s Note: Please find a recent letter from Congressman Forbes to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense regarding the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship here. China, Vietnam Clash Again Over South China Sea Claims. “China and Vietnam have clashed again over competing claims in the South China Sea, after Vietnam submitted its position to an arbitration tribunal initiated by the Philippines over the festering dispute that involves several countries. China has said repeatedly ... More
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Forbes to DoD: Time to Review US-China Mil-to-Mil Objectives, Guidance
December 11, 2014
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and Co-Chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, has sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work expressing his concerns with the current military-to-military relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. “Current military-to-military engagement with China appears too focused on counting the number of ... More
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