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A 30,000 square-foot monument honoring fallen agents who had been sent to spy on Taiwan opened recently to the public at the command headquarters area of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) outside Beijing.
A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych escaped protests in his country last week with a state visit to Beijing, where he received China's pledge to protect Ukraine under its nuclear umbrella.
China's unilateral declaration of its new air-defense identification zone edges the already tense region closer to a possible conflict ("U.S., Chinese diplomats talk air-defense zone ahead of Biden visit," Web, Dec. 3). While it may be branded as an "early-warning system," the new ADIZ overlaps the existing zones of the Republic of China (Taiwan), South Korea and Japan, complicating aviation operations and potentially creating a new round of airspace competition.
"President Obama needs to fire himself. Not literally, of course, but practically: He needs to shake up his team so thoroughly that the new blood imposes change on how he manages the federal bureaucracy and leads," says Ron Fournier, a veteran national news correspondent and editorial director for National Journal.
As Vice President Joseph R. Biden arrived in Japan on Monday for a week of diplomacy in Asia, the U.S. military dispatched the first of six top-tech submarine-hunting jets to its Okinawa post near the disputed East China Sea, a move sure to ratchet up tensions among China and the U.S.
China's effort to isolate Japan as its primary regional competitor has unraveled in less than a week: World powers rallied to echo Tokyo's outrage over Beijing setting up an air defense zone that encompasses much of the air defense zones of neighboring countries.