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Caucus Brief: Washington's Chance to Back Up Rhetoric in Asia
April 11, 2014
Washington’s Chance to Back Up Rhetoric in Asia. “April is turning out to be a month of the U.S. trying to calm nerves in Asia. The president, members of Congress and other officials are visiting everywhere from Seoul to Kuala Lumpur at almost an unprecedented rate. Many, especially liberal states, are looking for signs of American resolve on these visits in light of the administration's hesitant response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and China's continued regional aggression. However, signs ... More
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Caucus Brief: China Reveals New Carrier Jet Prior to Hagel Visit
April 10, 2014
China Reveals New Carrier Jet Prior to Hagel Visit. “China’s military has allowed the public release of the first photographs of a warplane variant deployed on the Liaoning — the aircraft carrier that saw its first visit by U.S. officials this week. The new Shenyang J-15, also known as the Flying Shark, is based on the Russian SU-33 design and was disclosed on an official Chinese website. Several photos of the J-15 revealed its tail hook used for carrier deck landings. The photos were posted on ... More
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Caucus Brief: Hagel Spars With Chinese Over Islands and Security
April 9, 2014
Hagel Spars With Chinese Over Islands and Security. “The United States and China clashed over Japan on Tuesday as the Chinese defense minister asserted that Beijing had “indisputable sovereignty” over a group of islands in the East China Sea and that his country’s military stood ready to protect its interests in territorial disputes. The minister, Gen. Chang Wanquan, said that China would not be first to launch an attack over the territorial dispute. But he accused Japan of “confusing the right ... More
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Forbes Leads Bipartisan Letter Protecting Cadets' Religious Freedom
April 9, 2014
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) led 41 Members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy, requesting an immediate response to questions regarding the removal of a quotation of scripture from an Air Force Academy cadet’s personal whiteboard. According to the official Air Force response, posting of the verse was inappropriate “in light of leadership principles.” “The respectful and casual expression of a religious... More
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Forbes Announces 2014 Congressional Art Competition
April 9, 2014
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) invites all interested high school students to participate in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. In keeping with a tradition that began in 1982, the annual art competition provides high school students who reside in the Fourth Congressional District with the unique opportunity of having their artwork exhibited in the United States Capitol. Students wishing to participate must submit their artwork no later than Wednesday, April 23th 2014.All entries must ... More
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Caucus Brief: Can China Rise Peacefully?
April 8, 2014
Can China Rise Peacefully? “With the end of the Cold War in 1989 and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union two years later, the United States emerged as the most powerful state on the planet. Many commentators said we are living in a unipolar world for the first time in history, which is another way of saying America is the only great power in the international system. If that statement is true, it makes little sense to talk about great-power politics, since there is just one great power. ... More
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