Month: February 2014

Combined Exercise: “Tekken” 2014

Tekken/鐵拳/Iron Fist

Yeah! 鐵拳(“Tekken”)! No? Not quite? Oh… I mean “Iron Fist”: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/world/asia/in-japans-drill-with-the-us-a-message-for-beijing.html?_r=1 Yes, the combined US-Japan exercise that started ever since 2006 is still on. Although the US is saying that this is merely an annual exercise, and isn’t specifically targeted…

Defense New Observation: A Look at Presidential Security From “White House Down”

Interesting how the show can take a premise from a fictional movie, and analyze elements that COULD be real. However, wouldn’t it be more effective to look at actual security threats? Maybe one that pertains to China, because that would…

Phoenix Watch: 華聞大直播 (Chinese News Giant Live Broadcast)

ORIGINALLY POSTED IN: 동북아경[NorthEast Asian Tantra (N.E.A.T.)] 張璉瑰 (Zhang, LianGui), 中共中央黨校國際戰略研究所教授 (Professor at the Chinese Communist Central Party School’s International Strategic Research Facility). Simply, the most consulted man on anything related to North Korea: CONTINUE ON AT: 동북아경[NorthEast Asian Tantra…

Just in Time For Valentines: Busting Prostitution!

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/edae2a96-9569-11e3-9fd6-00144feab7de.html [SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED] Thousands of police in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang, followed their colleagues in Guangdong and raided 2,700 hotels and saunas on Thursday People may think that this is somehow a national campaign now. No. This is a giant…

China Joins CPX Cobra Gold!

According to the program 軍事報道 (“Military Report”) on 中央電視臺(Central China Television [CCTV])’s 軍事農業頻道 (Military and Agricultural Service) on channel 7, China has officially joined Command Post Exercise (CPX) Cobra Gold for 2014: This is one of the largest annual exercises…

Xi, Jin-Ping of ShaanXi

Mr. Cheng Li of the Brookings Institute put out a pretty good paper on 習近平(Xi, Jin-Ping)’s powerbase from 陝西(ShaanXi): http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2014/01/30-xi-jinping-inner-circle-li In contemporary China, national leaders have often disproportionately represented certain geographic regions. 17 During the Nationalist era, Guangdong Province produced…