China’s quiet challenges at sea: explaining China’s maritime activities in the Yellow Sea, 2010–2020

By |2021-06-14T13:00:47-10:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Faculty Articles, External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , , |

Professor Sungmin Cho’s latest peer-reviewed article entitled China’s quiet challenges at sea: explaining China’s maritime activities in the Yellow Sea, 2010–2020 Abstract The Chinese military activities in the Yellow Sea have visibly increased. Compared to the South or East China Sea, however, China has not escalated tensions to the strategic level by employing paramilitary and nonmilitary tools of influence. The “regional hegemony” thesis can partially explain the increase of China’s military activities at the operational level. But it does not explain why China refrains from posing strategic challenges in the Yellow Sea in the way it does in the South [...]

U.S. Command and Control across the Spectrum of Gray-Zone Operations in the East China Sea

By |2021-05-25T16:38:06-10:00May 25th, 2021|Categories: Journal, news, hemmings, Turvold|Tags: , , |

“U.S. Command and Control across the Spectrum of Gray-Zone Operations in the East China Sea” is a new essay by DKI APCSS professors Dr. John Hemmings and Prof. Wade Turvold published by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) in its special report, “Murky Waters in the East China Sea Chinese Gray-Zone Operations and U.S.-Japan Alliance Coordination.” The essay examines the role of the U.S. in gray-zone contingencies in the East China Sea in the context of alliance coordination with Japan. Executive Summary: The U.S. and Japan produced the New Defense Guidelines in 2015 that created the alliance coordination mechanism [...]

How Beijing Sees Korea

By |2021-05-24T16:37:29-10:00May 24th, 2021|Categories: news, Cho, Media|Tags: , , |

Dr.Sungmin Cho recently joined ChinaTalk for a discussion on the dynamics among China, North and South Koreas. ChinaTalk is an interview-based show  sponsored by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).   In this 40-minute episode, Dr.Cho discusses why North Korea failed to emulate Deng Xiaoping's Opening and reform policies, why China's wealthy and educated youth could be both liberal and nationalistic, and why China used to cooperate with Western organizations that aimed to democratize China." Listen to the Podcast Dr. Cho is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, [...]

China’s Manipulative Use of Climate Change

By |2021-05-20T12:21:00-10:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“China’s Manipulative Use of Climate Change” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. This article details how China, through the use of irregular warfare tactics and outright deception, continues in their leading role of producing greenhouse gas emissions that exceed the emissions of all developed nations combined. Summary China’s initial reductions in emissions and rapidly growing renewable energy activities have cast it as a global leader in climate change. However, its manipulative economic climate strategy has taken advantage of other well-meaning nations even as it has progressively extended its lead as the worst global [...]

Take 20: Tracking Chinese Dark Fishing Fleets

By |2021-06-24T14:19:21-10:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: news, Media|Tags: , , , |

On October 27, 2020, DKI APCSS’ Dr. Inez Miyamoto, with LCDR Keith Wilkins, chatted with Mr. Jaeyoon Park and Ms. Katherine Seto, in a webinar on “Illuminating Dark Fishing Fleets in North Korea.”  In this recording, Mr. Park and Ms. Seto discuss how scientists tracked Chinese “dark fishing” fleets (i.e., vessels that do not broadcast their position) operating in North Korean waters.  They share their research on how they tracked “dark fishing” fleets using satellite technology and data science.  They also discuss how geopolitical tensions and disputed territorial boundaries contribute to “dark fishing” challenges. More information on the [...]

The Sino-Russian Approach to the Maritime: A Mare Clausem System?

By |2021-04-02T10:37:18-10:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Journal, news, hemmings|Tags: , , |

“The Sino-Russian Approach to the Maritime: A Mare Clausem System?” is the title of a paper by Dr. John Hemmings for Security Nexus. This article highlights how the increase in resources and focus gives US forces the ability to push back and fight in the information domain, a space where Russia and China are increasing the tempo. Abstract: The current global order is based on the free and open maritime trading order, giving access to all seafaring nations. The "openness" of this order, concepts such as "international waters" were not inevitable and there are historical instances of states - such [...]

US-China Relations

By |2021-02-24T11:11:21-10:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , |

Dr. Sungmin Cho has a new paper published by the Pacific Forum entitled "The New US Diplomacy with China: ‘Keep Your Promises’ " In his article, Cho discusses the idea of creating political division within China and its potential impacts on the US-China relationship. He addresses the questions of "What is the logic behind this idea? What are the problems? A critical review of the strategy suggests a different approach: Washington should instead focus on pressing China to live up to its own promises and obligations." Read the full article Sungmin Cho is Professor of the Daniel K. Inouye [...]

Distant Water Fishing Fleets: What, Where, How? The Galapagos

By |2021-06-24T14:22:05-10:00February 16th, 2021|Categories: DKI APCSS, news|Tags: , , , , , |

Last November, DKI APCSS’ LCDR Keith Wilkins chatted with Dr. Evan Ellis, a Research Professor at US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, and Ms. Meaghan Brosnan, Marine Program Director for WildAid for a webinar on “Distant Water Fishing Fleets: What, Where, How? The Galapagos.” In this recording, Dr. Ellis and Ms. Brosnan discuss and answer questions on the impact of Chinese Distant Water Fishing Fleets around Latin America and the Galapagos, including Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Indo-Pacific region. For more information on the USCG IUUF Strategic Outlook: Resources:   Dr. Evan Ellis: [...]

Perceptions of U.S. Posture in Papua New Guinea

By |2020-10-14T12:13:05-10:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , |

“Perceptions of U.S. Posture in Papua New Guinea” is the title of a paper written by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Deon Canyon and Michael Kabuni for Security Nexus. This article compares the effects of U.S. posture on the relationship with Papua New Guinea, to that of the People’s Republic of China, along with other influences. Excerpt In Papua New Guinea (PNG), activities by the United States were highly visible in World War II, but have steadily declined ever since. This decay in international relations has been more obvious since the early 2000s when it is contrasted with the rise of [...]

China’s Global Security Aspirations with Afghanistan and the Taliban

By |2020-08-13T10:50:39-10:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news, Sitaraman|Tags: , , |

“China’s Global Security Aspirations with Afghanistan and the Taliban” is the title of a paper written by Dr. Deon Canyon and Dr. Srini Sitaraman for Security Nexus. This paper details possible motives of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in forming new partnerships with Afghanistan through a historic lens, amidst the effects of COVID-19 and the U.S. withdrawal. Excerpt As the U.S. plans its departure from Afghanistan, China is using the COVID-19 pandemic as a backdrop to build regional ties in meetings with Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan that aim to extend the BRI. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, “We [...]

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