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Armed Forces in Southeast Asia: Doctrines and Civil-Military Relations

Monday 25 August 2014

As regular participants in national political games, the Southeast Asian armed forces are growing and ..... read more

The People's Liberation Army – Mastering ambitions and managing constraints

Wednesday 07 May 2014

China may now be the world's second largest economy, but from a military perspective, it still needs to ..... read more

Developments in China’s Strategic Ideology: Mastering Ambition and Managing Constraints

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Developments of the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the rise of China’s ..... read more

Security in East Asia

Thursday 19 December 2013

Security in East Asia is subject to increasing concerns. The continued increase in China’s military ..... read more

A Chinese Style "Hard Power"?

Wednesday 27 November 2013

From a strictly theoretical point of view, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is undoubtedly the ..... read more


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Thursday 06 March 2014

On Wednesday 5 March, China announced an increase of 12.2% in military expenditures in 2014, to 95.9 billion euros. The Chinese military budget was raised to second highest in the world, after that of the United States. Western experts, however, were said to be convinced that Beijing’s real military expenses went far beyond the amounts announced. The increases in China’s military budget, which increased by 15.6% on average between 2001 and 2012, have many times gone beyond the total public expenditures increase and the economic growth rate of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Though they have allowed improvement in facilities and equipping for the three military branches and better drill conditions for the 2,285,000 active servicemen, they stir up concern with regards to the manner in which China intends to use this new power, given a backdrop of mounting tensions with Japan with respect to the uninhabited islands of the East China Sea and the territorial disagreements with the countries bordering the South China Sea, over which Beijing claims almost entire ownership.


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Asia's Perception of and Adaptation to Chinese Growth

Monday 02 June 2014 - International Conference organised with the EAI

Programme 09:00 - 09:15 Welcome speechesCHEE Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore .....


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