China ire at sea chase signals wider reach
Beijing’s reaction to the incident in the East China Sea involving a Chinese commercial fishing boat and the Japanese Coast Guard may seem overblown, given all available evidence. Yet it signals that Beijing may be preparing to extend the focus of its expression of core maritime interests to beyond the South China Sea.

Shariah a danger to U.S., security pros say
A panel of national security experts who worked under Republican and Democratic presidents is urging the Obama administration to abandon its stance that Islam is not linked to terrorism, arguing that radical Muslims are using Islamic law to subvert the United States.

India-China Ties in Deep Freeze
The deep chill that India-China relations have entered following Beijing’s refusal of travel permission to a senior Indian army commander responsible for Jammu and Kashmir is more widespread than the frustrations expressed by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. As mentioned on China Power, talking to Indian editors, Singh pointed to China’s new assertiveness and alleged that Beijing wanted to keep India at a ‘low-level equilibrium’ and suggested it also wanted Pakistan kept antagonistic towards it. But Singh certainly isn’t alone in his concerns. His views were echoed by India’s defence minister, A.K. Anthony, at a combined commanders’ conference in Delhi, and were also apparently reflected in the notes shared by visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada with his Indian counterpart, S.M.Krishna, last month.

China’s public opinion gap: Chinese youth are starting to mistrust Beijing
Economic success has kept China calm and public opinion high. But trust in government is eroding just as demands on Beijing for more political rights are likely to rise.

Why a US-Vietnam Nuclear Deal?
The visit of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS George Washington to Vietnam last month was more than just a highly visible symbol of the United States’ re-engagement with its former nemesis. It was, in fact, an indication that Washington is intent on still relying on its ‘4.5 acres of sovereign territory’ in its dealings with Asia, rather than falling back on a G-2 arrangement with China. But the engagement with Vietnam that the visit also demonstrated goes deeper than just this show of force—Washington is looking to move beyond symbolism to engage in a genuine strategic partnership, the cornerstone of which will be the US-Vietnam 123 nuclear cooperation agreement.

Reid Adds Controversial Immigration Measure To Defense Bill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he will add the DREAM Act, a controversial immigration measure, to a defense policy bill the Senate will take up next week. The decision means the defense bill, which often passes with bipartisan support, will be home to two major, thorny political issues – the other being the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

U.S. Embassy in Jordan warns of threat in Aqaba
The U.S. embassies in Jordan and Israel warned Americans on Wednesday of a “possible imminent threat” in the Red Sea port of Aqaba and recommended avoiding the Jordanian resort city for the next 48 hours.

DoD Unveils Buying Guidelines for ‘New Era’
The program managers who develop and buy U.S. weapons will soon need to weigh affordability as they would performance attributes such as speed and lethality, according to new rules unveiled Sept. 14 by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Pentagon acquisition executive Ashton Carter.

Bahrain continues crackdown on Shiite opposition
Eid ul-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, is supposed to be a joyous occasion. But in the U.S.-allied Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, where the Sunni-dominated government has arrested scores of Shiite opposition activists in recent weeks, many celebrated in fear.

Navy pulls patrol ships over wear, cracks
The Navy is pulling its entire fleet of coastal patrol ships from service, including the five forward-deployed to the Persian Gulf, to repair hull cracks and other damage associated with long service and hard use, Navy Times has learned.

Posted by Chris van Avery in Foreign Policy, Homeland Security, Maritime Security

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