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The Week: What is Behind China’s New Belligerence?

For the last two decades, China’s neighbors have nervously looked on and wondered if a strong economy and increased military spending might create a China more willing to use force to solve territorial disputes. Those fears seemed to have been unfounded, as China turned out to be a relatively benign neighbor.

In 2010, all of that started to change. A dispute with Japan over a Chinese fisherman arrested for fishing in territory claimed by both countries quickly turned ugly, with widespread anti-Japanese protests throughout China. The protests were deeply nationalist in nature with evidence of tacit approval of the Chinese government.

What is Behind China’s New Belligerence?The Week, 7/3/2014.

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The Week: Japan’s Military is Back–and Open For Business

For more than half a century, Japan’s defense establishment, focused on home defense and prohibited from selling arms abroad, has been nearly invisible. Now, driven by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reform agenda and concerns about a rising China, Japan is on the road to a more flexible military, a more robust global presence, and stronger alliances. And it is eager to seize a share of the worldwide arms market.

Japan’s Military is Back–and Open for Business“, The Week, 5/29/14.

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