• Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Chinese military aircraft developments in 2014

    20 February 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace The People’s Liberation Army Air Force continues to recapitalise its combat-aircraft fleet, improve the capabilities of its special-mission aircraft and work on a considerably greater airlift capability. At least six of the heavy fighter design Chengdu J-20 development aircraft have already been built, four of which were flown for the first time during the course of 2014. The J-20 prototype flew for the...

  • Expert Commentary

    Economic Times: Why China can't be the super power dominating 21st century

    19 February 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy A historically ill-informed debate has gone on about which country will dominate the 21st century. Entering this meaningless debate, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has added his weight to the view that this would be ‘China’s Century’, forgetting that when it comes to global power relations, the past is no guide to the future. Merely because Imperial Britain dominated the 19th century and the...

  • Strategic Comments

    Japan’s defence budget bolsters altered military roles

    17 February 2015. 

    Japan's rising defence spending is part of an effort by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to carve out a greater regional security role for his country, commensurate with its status as the world's third-largest economy.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 6: Asia

    17 February 2015.  Asia: Defence economics
    China: People’s Liberation Army Navy; People’s Liberation Army Air Force; Defence economics
    India: Strategic policy developments; Armed forces; Defence economics
    Japan: Defence-policy drivers; Breaking security constraints; Capability procurements; Defence economics
    North Korea

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Catching Flies in China

    16 February 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security As families across China gather for lunar New Year celebrations this week, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), China’s increasingly powerful counter-corruption agency, issued a stark warning on 15 February. In addition to the high-profile cases of ‘tigers’, or top leaders, falling prey to the CCDI, the agency will now be attempting to ensnare more ‘flies’, or corrupt local officials, in...

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: The CCP, the world’s most powerful reform organisation - Eric Li

    12 February 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Eric Li opened his Fullerton Lecture on 11 February with the hypothesis that the twenty-first century will be defined by demand and competition for reform. He asserted that those who succeed in reform will be the winners, those who fail, the losers. He concluded that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) stands the best chance of winning this race. Consequently, Li argued, the twenty-first...

  • Events

    China’s Political System and its Evolution

    12 February 2015. 

    IISS-Fullerton Lecture
    Eric Li
    Managing Director, Chengwei Capital, Shanghai
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Thursday 12 February 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: Tackling Japan's security challenges

    07 February 2015.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security and Heng Yee Kuang The recent killings of two Japanese by the radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have led to much grief and soul- searching in Japan. In particularly strong language, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to make the terrorists "pay the price". The killings underscore the fact that there was precious little Japan could do. Relying on its Jordanian...

  • Events

    China’s Cyber Espionage: Guilty as Charged?

    06 February 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Nigel Inkster 
    Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 6 February 2015, 12:30-1:30pm

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Remembering the Pacific War amidst Sino-Japanese tension

    04 February 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security As the world prepares to remember the more than 35 million deaths of the Pacific War, the Chinese Communist Party recently announced its intent to hold a military parade marking both the 70th anniversary of the end of the war and China’s victory over Japanese imperial forces. As China and Japan move into a period of emotionally charged animosity, the possibility of...

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