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Caucus Brief: China's Next Move: A Naval Base in the South Atlantic?
March 27, 2015
China’s Next Move: A Naval Base in the South Atlantic? “I recently returned from Walvis Bay, Namibia, the country's sole deep water port and former South Atlantic home to the Royal and South African Navies. Also in port were two of the three ships of the Royal Navy's Atlantic Patrol Tasking South. A Daring-class Type 45 air warfare destroyer and a Royal Fleet Auxiliary small fleet tanker were both pier side. (The task force's third ship, HMS Clyde, was presumably on station patrolling the Falkla... More
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Caucus Brief: Conquering the South China Sea
March 26, 2015
Conquering the South China Sea. “China is building military bases on artificial islands hundreds of miles off its coast, in waters claimed by six other countries. These new fortresses in the South China Sea raise the risk of war, yet Washington seems to have no strategy to address them. Are the U.S. and its allies ceding the nearly 1.35 million square miles claimed by China without legal merit, including some of the busiest sea lanes on the planet? Over the past year Chinese dredging and other l... More
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Caucus Brief: China Gives 'Priority List' of Wanted Officials to U.S.
March 25, 2015
China Gives ‘Priority List’ of Wanted Officials to U.S. “The Chinese government has provided a "priority" list to the United States of Chinese officials suspected of corruption and are believed to have fled there, a top state-run newspaper said on Wednesday. Last year, Chinese officials said more than 150 "economic fugitives", many of them described as corrupt government officials, were in the United States. Xu Jinhui, head of the anti-graft bureau at the state prosecutor, told the official Chin... More
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Forbes: Will Administration Risk American Lives Against Terrorists Exchanged for Bergdahl?
March 25, 2015
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement on the desertion charges filed against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: “As the charges against Sgt. Bergdahl move forward in our military justice system, the question remains whether this Administration is prepared to put more American lives at risk to pursue the terrorists who were released from our custody in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl? I find it unc... More
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Caucus Brief: What's Wrong With China's Army?
March 24, 2015
What’s Wrong With China’s Army? “In the “century of humiliation” that President Xi Jinping often evokes for his goal of turning China into a great power, one particular episode resonates: The defeat of China’s navy by Japan in 1894. The Battle of Yalu in the Yellow Sea was a mortifying defeat in the first Sino-Japanese war, a conflict that China’s leaders assumed they would win against a smaller, if recently modernized opponent. China had better, newer guns. But its navy was furnished with shell... More
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Press Release: Forbes Announces 2015 Congressional Art Competition
March 24, 2015
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) invites all interested high school students to participate in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. According to a tradition which began in 1982, this annual art competition offers high school students from the Fourth Congressional District of Virginia, and across the country, an opportunity to exhibit their artwork in the United States Capitol. “The Congressional Art Competition reinforces the important role of fine arts curriculum in our schools, and prov... More
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