Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is due to meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington Tuesday, days after reports surfaced that China had installed surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island in the South China Sea (Bloomberg). The meetings, which will continue through Thursday, come shortly after a U.S. think tank released new satellite imagery appearing to show a buildup of Chinese radar facilities onanother disputed island (WSJ). Beijing on Monday defended China’s military deployments in the South China Sea, comparing it to U.S. defense facilities in Hawaii (Reuters).
“To reply to China’s HQ-9 challenge, the United States and its Asian allies must demonstrate that they can exercise maritime freedoms despite the worst the PLA can throw at them. They should also ponder how to prove that they could take down Chinese missile sites should the worst come. If they do that, they may make believers of the Chinese and other observers—and bolster their likelihood of deterring future Chinese misconduct,” writes James Holmes for Reuters.
“Beyond China’s posturing lies an important process of structural and organizational reforms that will shape the war-fighting capabilities of the [People’s Liberation Army] for the decade ahead. While a lot remains unknown, President Xi Jinping’s planned comprehensive reforms of the PLA appear to target the development of a leaner, stronger Chinese fighting force, an enhanced power projection capability, and an even greater focus on deterring threats along the periphery,” writes Lauren Dickey for CFR.
“Washington should be well aware that China will not compromise on territorial integrity and Washington should not underestimate China's resolve in this respect. It is also noteworthy that it is Washington that is fanning up the flamesby flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and by emboldening nations in their territorial disputes with China,” writes Zhu Dongyang for China’s state-run news agency Xinhua.
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