Grant Newsham

China's aircraft carrier Liaoning takes part in a military drill of Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy in the western Pacific Ocean, April 18, 2018

Building Up the Chinese PLA: A Team Effort

A former US Marine fighter pilot is awaiting extradition from Australia to the United States. He’s charged with helping the Chinese PLA learn naval flight operations from 2009-2012. It’s against the law to export such defense know-how without a license. If the charges are true, he really shouldn’t have done this – …

Building Up the Chinese PLA: A Team Effort Continue Reading >>

Xi's speech at 20th Party Congress

Off-Ramps for China? Sorry, That Ship has Sailed

Speaking to Democratic Party donors in early October, President Joe Biden said, ‘I’m trying to figure out what is Putin’s off-ramp. Where does he find a way out? Where does he find himself in a position that he does not – not only lose face but lose significant power within …

Off-Ramps for China? Sorry, That Ship has Sailed Continue Reading >>

North Korea Missile Launch

North Korean Missiles—Keeping the US and Its Allies Distracted and Worried

This has been a busy year for North Korea’s missile developers—having launched 25 missiles (both ballistic and cruise missiles). The “shots” typically land in the ocean east of the Korean Peninsula but short of Japanese maritime territory. However, on Oct. 4, North Korea launched a ballistic missile that passed over northern Japan—prompting the …

North Korean Missiles—Keeping the US and Its Allies Distracted and Worried Continue Reading >>

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III stands with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi prior to a bilateral meeting at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., May 4, 2022.

The Best Advice Washington Ever Got on US-Japan Defense

It’s exhilarating that Japanese leaders are talking about spending much more on defense and improving the nation’s defense capabilities. But they are short on specifics, and with communist China out looking for a fight, it’s dangerous to hope Japan figures things out at its own pace. The Americans, who shoulder the heaviest load in defending the …

The Best Advice Washington Ever Got on US-Japan Defense Continue Reading >>

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 …

China and Taiwan: The Chinese Python Continue Reading >>

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 …

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

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 …

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

Scroll to Top