We would like to draw your attention to our newest bi-annual China Global Security Tracker. The focus of this issue is the growing threat that China’s rapid military modernization presents to Taiwan. The People’s Liberation Army has demonstrated its new capabilities through aggressive maneuvers over the last few months, simulating an attack on Taiwan. China’s party and state leader Xi Jinping has left no doubt that he views the reunification with Taiwan as key for China’s future national strength.
In her analysis of events during the first half of 2018, MERICS researcher Helena Legarda tracks China’s growing military expenditures as well as steps taken by the Chinese Communist Party to extend its control over the military. The maiden sea trials of China’s first indigenous air craft carrier occurred during the reporting period as well as a series of ballistic missile tests. China’s diplomatic activities – from Xi Jinping’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in June in Beijing – are also featured in this issue.
The China Global Security Tracker is part of the China Security Project, a cooperation between the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).