Grant Newsham

Chinese amphibious landing exercise

China and Taiwan: The Chinese Python

A U.S. government friend involved in Indo-Pacific defense matters asked me the question a lot of people are wondering about. Following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei on Aug. 2-3, China launched a series of aggressive moves targeting Taiwan, most visibly unprecedented military exercises. So he asked: “Running up to the …

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China Rehearsing to Strangle Taiwan

Yorktown Senior Fellow Grant Newsham appeared on NTD to examine the lessons learned from China’s recent military exercises concerning their capability to undertake a cross-strait invasion of Taiwan.  

How a Chinese Attack on Taiwan Would Hit the US

Yorktown Senior Fellow Grant Newsham explains why Putin’s experience in Ukraine might convince President Xi that an invasion of Taiwan is worth the risk and what the ramifications of such an act would be for security and stability across the globe.  

Xi and Putin

Xi Jinping Might Think He Can Handle His Own ‘Ukraine’

Chinese leader Xi Jinping, like many people, may have been surprised by Russia’s failure to conquer Ukraine in a matter of days – owing in large measure to unexpectedly fierce Ukrainian resistance. In addition, the Americans and the Europeans – even the Germans – imposing wide-ranging economic and financial sanctions …

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Japanese PM gives speech at Shangri-La

Kishida’s Shangri-La Speech: What He Means, Why It Matters

A lot happens at the Shangri-La Dialogue, the annual gathering in Singapore of defense officials, experts, and hangers-on. One of the highlights of the 2022 event — even more than China’s defense minister reciting his list of complaints to United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin — was Japanese Prime Minister …

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Marine Corps Air Station Okinawa

Okinawa: As Important as Ever

This article originally appeared in The Epoch Times. These days Okinawa isn’t in the news much—being overshadowed by the looming Chinese military threat, North Korean missile launches, a war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, and attendant global economic turmoil. This is the 50th year since the United States relinquished its occupation and …

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PM Sogavare poses with members of the US delegation

Solomon Islands: Going After Chinese ‘Juice’

This article originally appeared in The Epoch Times. The Americans went to the Solomon Islands almost two weeks ago. It was a high-power delegation that included Biden’s National Security Council Indo-Pacific “Asia Czar” Kurt Campbell, the State Department’s Asia-Pacific head Daniel Kritenbrink, and senior officials from USAID and USINDOPACOM. But there was an …

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US and Japanese ships sail in joint exercise

Japan Goes on the ‘Offensive-Defensive’

This article originally appeared in The Epoch Times. A Chinese acquaintance asks me about Japan every now and then, particularly why it has been “beefing up” its military in recent years. The other day, she asked me a few questions after reading an article about Japan potentially obtaining a “counter-strike” capability to hit enemy …

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Japanese soldier performs rear security during Exercise Iron Fist

Japan’s Defense: Is Japan Ready to Shoot?

When the first Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) contingent was dispatched to Iraq in 2004, a U.S. Marine officer gave its commander some parting advice: “You’d better be ready to shoot somebody.” This wasn’t said in jest. Despite the JSDF being a military in all but name, “shooting people” really wasn’t part of …

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