As the conflict about the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands heats up yet another time, it is useful to recognized the meaning of the signals Beijing is sending out. Military analyst Wendell Minnick picked up for Defense News some reading tips from Taiwanese Defense experts.
Chinese signaling should follow the following stages in this hypothetical crisis:
First, systematic integration of political and diplomatic action with military preparations as the signaling escalates through higher levels of authority. These preparations are normally overt and designed to “deter the adversary from the course of action Beijing finds threatening.”
Second, China states why it is justified in using military force should this prove necessary. The message targets both domestic and international audiences. “In essence, Beijing declares that China confronts a serious threat to its security and interests that if not terminated will require the use of military force.”
Two more stages in Defense News.
China Weekly Hangout
Who is hacking who, asked the China Weekly Hangout on February 28, after China got a lot of heat from the US for hacking the rest of the world. Present were: Security consultant Mathew Hoover and reporter Charlie Custer of Tech in Asia discussing hacking issues, the Sina-US relations, including some useful information on what to worry about and what not. (And some nice insights in how the US embassy in Beijing deals with cyber security. Moderation: Fons Tuinstra of the China Speakers Bureau