Peter Brookes is a senior fellow for national security affairs at the Heritage Foundations Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. He is also serving his fourth term as a congressionally appointed member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Brookes previously served in the administration of President George W. Bush as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific affairs, responsible for U.S. defense policy for 38 countries and five bilateral defense alliances in Asia. Prior to this, he was a professional staff member with the House International Relations Committee, served with the CIA and the State Department at the UN, and worked in private-sector defense and intelligence industries. A decorated Navy veteran and a retired commander, Brookes served on active duty in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East in aviation and intelligence billets.
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It has long been understood that China will shake global markets when its economythe worlds second largeststumbles, but what may be less known is that Chinas security policy suggests there could be a whole lot more shaking going on.
The instant islands that China has been building in the South China Sea now reportedly some 2,000 acres of reclaimed land on existing coral reefs are, as feared, being militarized by Beijing.
In a brazen move, the Peoples Republic of China is now building islands in the South China Sea to bolster its position against several other East Asian countriesand the United States.
Occasionally, an important foreign policy/national security story gets underreported. This year it was Chinas mounting military might.
Brookes discusses the findings of the latest U.S. China Commission annual report.
The Commissions 2014 report examines the geopolitical situation in East Asia and the Western Pacific as part of its mandate from Congress to monitor the evolving economic and security relationship between our two countries.