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The PLA General Staff Department Third Department Second Bureau: An Organizational Overview of Unit 61398

Mark Stokes

In May 2014, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced indictments against five Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officers on charges of cyber espionage directed against U.S. firms. According to the indictments, the five officers were assigned to the Third Office of the PLA General Staff Department (GSD) Technical Reconnaissance Department (alternatively known as the Third Department) Second Bureau. While assigned personnel may well engage in cyber espionage, a survey of Second Bureau infrastructure indicates a much broader communications intelligence mission.

TPP From Taiwan's Vantage Point: Political, Trade, and Strategic Considerations

Sara Yi-ying Lin

Established in 2008, The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been closely followed by the major trading nations in the Asia-Pacific. Taiwan, or the Republic of China (ROC), and other non-members have been observing the developments in the negotiation process of this "21st Century Agreement" and preparing their respective country's strategies and policies in response to the agreement. As a member of the Asia-Pacific region, it is critical for Taiwan to join the TPP in the near future.

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Insight #37:US South China Sea Policy: The Case for UNCLOS

Insight #36:Hollywood and the Chinese Market

Insight #35:SPECIAL: Sun Tzu Simplified: An Approach to Analyzing China’s Regional Military Strategies

Insight #34:A Reverse Pivot: China’s New Grand Canal

Insight #33:Arming Ukraine: Lessons for Beijing

Insight #32:A Peculiar Panic: Russia’s S-400 SAM Sale to China

Insight #31:Sri Lanka’s Election: Implications for China and the US

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Rebuilding Deterrence: Post-2015 Defense Guidelines Challenges Facing the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Sugio Takahashi

On 27 April 2015, Japan and the U.S. concluded the new Guidelines for the Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation. This paper will explore the challenges facing the alliance after the revision of the Defense Guidelines. It will examine the evolution of Japanese thought on deterrence as outlined in the 2010 and 2013 National Defense Program Guidelines. It will also assess the strategic implications of China’s military modernization. This paper will conclude by offering possible policy solutions to the challenges facing the U.S.-Japan alliance in maintaining deterrence.

Chinese Activities in the South China Sea: Implications for the American Pivot to Asia

Kelsey Broderick

This paper analyzes the background of the South China Sea dispute and the extent to which the American rebalance has influenced China's actions in the Sea. Following an assessment of the legal definitions found in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and a look at China's military developments, the paper concludes with a discussion on how the rebalance has failed to prevent China from unilaterally changing the status quo in the South China Sea and looks at ways the rebalance can become more effective in the future.

China's Military Developments and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Project 2049 Institute

In 2015, the Project 2049 Institute launched a program to focus on trends in China’s military advancements and how the U.S. and Japan can coordinate closely to maintain the peace and stability that has anchored the Asia-Pacific region’s economic dynamism and growth over the past 60 years. The discussions drew upon perspectives from U.S. and Japanese experts who work in a variety of government and non-governmental positions. This paper serves as a capstone for the various discussions held over the course of the program in both Washington, D.C. and San Diego.

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15-005: Of Monarchs and Military Men: The Political Pathologies that Undermine Democracy in Burma and Thailand


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15-003: Challenges for the PLAN in the Western Pacific:
Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance


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