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Djbouti: China's Regional Pivot

Colum Hawken

On the 11th of July, China announced the dispatch of personnel to oversee the opening of a military base in Djibouti, though the Chinese announcement referred to it as a “support base”. This is the first of China’s overseas bases, a departure from the previous model of investment in overseas ports and infrastructure. This prior system of development has been termed the String of Pearls by multiple analysts, and is made up of a series of bases stretching from China to Africa throughout the India Ocean. Therefore, the question should be asked, why Djibouti? Read more...

 

China's Thinning Patience

Damen J Cook

The China–North Korea relationship is straining. Chinese patience for antagonistic North Korean behaviour thins with each nuclear weapons test. The past few years have featured increasingly nasty diplomatic scuffles. Promises are being broken, embargoes enacted, concerts cancelled, and half-brothers assassinated. Whether these recent developments indicate merely a rough patch or mark the beginning of a more permanent shift is yet to be seen. Read more...

 

To Sea or Not to Sea?

Graham Edmonds

The F35 programme continues to receive considerable criticism and negative publicity, not the least that it is the ‘most expensive defence programme ever’, the aircraft are over-priced, suffer from continuous breakdowns and are ‘flawed’ . However a successful appearance at the Paris Air Show and positive support from the 14 FAA and 14 RAF pilots flying the aircraft with the USMC could indicate that the negativity from across UK Media is misplaced and will lessen. Read more...

 

History of Airpower Series – Paper 3 – Battle of the Atlantic Versus the Strategic Air Offensive over Germany: was the Second World War Prolonged Unnecessarily?

Dr. Anthony J. Cumming

Last year (2013) marked the 70th anniversary of the climax of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest running continuous campaign of the Second World War. These operations were fought by the Allies with the objectives of securing supply lines and imposing a naval blockade on the Axis powers. Spilling into adjacent waters as diverse as the Arctic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the battles were fought by men and ships of the Royal Navy; Royal Navy Patrol Service; Merchant Navy; Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy against the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe... Read more

 

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