China’s Gray Zone Operations in the Yellow Sea

By |2021-09-30T16:46:43-10:00September 30th, 2021|Categories: Journal, news|Tags: , |

“China's Gray Zone Operations in the Yellow Sea,” is the title of a paper by Chungjin Jung, for Security Nexus. This paper illustrates the increasing effects the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Gray Zone Activities are having on Japan and Southeast Asian countries, and the need for long-term strategies for an appropriate response. Summary China has carried out gray zone operations in the East and the South China Sea against Japan and Southeast Asian countries and is trying to change the status quo little by little and make it a fait accompli to gain advantages in these sea areas. China's [...]

Canada Can Do Much More With Its Five Eyes Allies To Respond To China And Russia’s Global Threats

By |2021-09-30T08:07:28-10:00September 30th, 2021|Categories: Faculty Articles, External Publications, news, hemmings|Tags: , , |

OTTAWA, ON (September 30, 2021): The international environment is increasingly insecure. Under the leadership of Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, China and Russia are attempting to reshape the international system and constrain the liberal democratic West. State competition is changing, in a shift towards deniable, intrusive, and non-military threats against all sectors of society and, as a result, liberal democracies are increasingly looking for collective ways to respond. To meet this growing global challenge, Canada could do much more with the historic Five Eyes grouping that also includes the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. The Five Eyes began primarily as an intelligence-sharing [...]

Why did China engage with Western democracy promotion programs?

By |2021-09-10T11:38:40-10:00September 10th, 2021|Categories: Faculty Articles, External Publications, news, Cho|Tags: , , |

Professor Sungmin Cho’s latest peer-reviewed article entitled “Why Non-Democracy Engages with Western Democracy-Promotion Programs: The China Model,” was recently published by World Politics. Abstract “Between the mid-1990s and the mid-2010s, the Chinese government was distinctly open to the Western offer of democracy-assistance programs. It cooperated with a number of Western organizations to improve the rule of law, village elections, administrative capacity, and civil society in China. Why did the Chinese government engage with democracy promoters who tried to develop these democratic attributes within China? The author argues that the government intended to use Western aid to its advantage. The Chinese [...]

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 [...]

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