Ministry Of National Defense
Trump pushes U.S. defense buildup
The Trump administration has recently announced its budget priorities, and the most eye-catching figure was the $54 billion increase in defense spending, to $603 billion. Though there is wide agreement that the U.S. military is under increasing stress and is becoming less able to defend American interests, the proposal is highly controversial. The most likely scenario, however, is that the end of defense reductions in the U.S. is over.
Beijing tries carrot and stick as Taiwan vote nears
Taiwan will hold presidential and legislative elections on January 16, 2016. Opinion polls show the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is set to win. If it does, writes GIS guest expert Dr. Nicola Casarini, it will be the culmination of a trend that began with local elections in November 2014 when the country’s ruling party, the Kuomintang (KMT), suffered one of it...