a Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center , The Heritage Foundation
Dean Cheng is a Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation
Articles by Dean Cheng
Let's Be Clear: China Is Using Its Military to Expand Its Territory
The U.S. government has reported that China has deployed several batteries of surface-to-air missiles (HQ-9) to Woody Island, Paracels, in the South China Sea. This is a significant military move, and it makes clear that China is prepared to employ military forces to support its expansive claims ...
February 19, 2016
Obama's Arms Sale Leaves Taiwan Vulnerable
Fast on the heels of the COP21 climate change conference, the Obama administration announced its first, and likely last, arms sale to Taiwan in this term. Totaling some $1.83 billion, the sale will include two decommissioned frigates, Javelin and TOW-2B anti-tank missiles, Stinger man-portable an ...
December 24, 2015
Watch Out, America: China's Powerhouse Navy Is on the Rise
Since at least 2004, Chinese security thinking has undergone a steady shift toward emphasizing the maritime domain. As its economy has grown, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has become increasingly dependent on the world's oceans to sustain its economy and people and to move its products to ...
December 17, 2015
How China Views the South China Sea: As Sovereign Territory
With the decision to conduct a Freedom of Navigation operation (FONOP) in the waters around China's artificial islands in the South China Sea, U.S.-Chinese relations appear set to deteriorate in the coming year. Given the likely rise in tensions, especially if the United States conducts additiona ...
November 4, 2015
Summits Over Substance: Obama Yields To Chinese President Xi
As Washington gears up for the visit of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, right on the heels of the Pontiff, there is a growing urgency for the United States to make clear to Beijing that its behavior is leading to increased tension at both the bilateral and regional level. But, there appears little app ...
September 23, 2015
America Needs a Comprehensive Strategy for Countering China’s Expanding Perimeter of National Interests
Over the past decade, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has demonstrated a willingness to use its increasing economic influence to pressure neighboring countries in physical geographic disputes and to strong-arm foreign companies wanting to enter the Chinese economy. These efforts are part o ...
April 28, 2015
How to Oppose China's Bid for Maritime Dominance
Beijing has been busy. China has begun to deploy advanced surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) to a contested island in the South China Sea. Missile launchers and a radar system are now installed on Woody Island in the Paracels, which were seized by China from South Vietnam in 1974 and remain a source ...
February 26, 2015
The PLA’s Interest in Space Dominance
My name is Dean Cheng. I am the Senior Research Fellow for Chinese Political and Security Affairs at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation.
February 18, 2015
Why Taiwan Needs Submarines
In 2001, President George W. Bush’s Administration agreed to a major arms sale to Taiwan. Approved for sale to Taipei were anti-submarine warfare aircraft, anti-ship missiles, self-propelled howitzers, minesweepers, and destroyers. The United States also agreed to help Taiwan obtain new diesel- ...
January 12, 2015
The Option for U.S.–China Cooperation in Antarctica
he U.S. and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have diametrically opposed interests on several critical issues, particularly outside the economic sphere. Taiwan’s defense, freedom of the seas, and American advocacy for universal liberal democratic values are just a few. There is no prospect ...
December 12, 2014
The Implications of Hong Kong Protests for the United States
Hong Kong has long been a test case for the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and also an indicator for Sino-American relations. The reversion of Hong Kong from British rule to Chinese control was seen as a demonstration of the viability of the “one country, two systems” approach. At ba ...
December 2, 2014
Xi-Obama Summit: Son of Sunnylands?
U.S. president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping will meet this week, in a state visit by the American president to the People's Republic of China (PRC) on the eve of the APEC Summit. Counting side discussions at multilateral conferences, this will be the fourth meeting between the tw ...
November 10, 2014
Meeting the Challenge of Chinese Expansionism on the East Asian Littoral
Over the past several months, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has exploited more and more tools to reinforce its claims over much of the East Asian littoral. The intended Chinese message seems clear: Administratively, militarily, diplomatically, and economically, the East Asian littoral is u ...
January 24, 2014
Five Myths About China
The third plenum of Chinese Communist Party Congresses is often the time when the country's rulers introduce major policy shifts. The Eighteenth Party Congress in November and, crucially, implementation over time of policies announced there offers the U.S. an opportunity to reassess China, to see ...
November 6, 2013
Countering China's A2/AD Challenge
U.S. defense planners are now focusing on Syria, but they have also been compelled to plan for countering Chinese efforts at what Western analysts term "anti-access/area denial" (A2/AD) capabilities. How successfully Washington deals with Beijing's increasing capabilities in this area w ...
September 20, 2013
How Washington Should Manage U.S.–Russia–China Relations
Since the end of the Cold War, Sino–Russian relations have expanded and deepened, resulting in arms deals and increasing economic ties. Russia has the potential to become a major energy supplier to the growing Chinese economy, which is demanding ever-increasing amounts of energy. While both cou ...
September 12, 2013
How the U.S. Should Respond to the Chinese Naval Challenge
Over the past year, China's leadership has indicated that it is intent upon pushing maritime development. In a recent study session involving the top Chinese leadership, Chinese leader Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of the sea for China's economic development and national security, and reit ...
September 6, 2013
Chinese Cyber Attacks: Robust Response Needed
After a multi-year investigation, the computer security firm Mandiant announced this week that it had tracked a cyber group back to its Chinese roots. Even more explosive, it had concluded that the group is, in fact, a Chinese military unit, the Second Bureau of the Third Department of the Gen ...
February 23, 2013
The Complicated History of U.S. Relations with China
Americans have been interested in China for a long time. In 1784, when the American War for Independence was barely over, the first ship to sail under an American flag left New York. It was the merchant ship Empress of China, bound for Canton (now Guangdong), China. At first, the Americ ...
October 11, 2012
The Complicated History of U.S. Relations with China
Americans have been interested in China for a long time. In 1784, when the American War for Independence was barely over, the first ship to sail under an American flag left New York. It was the merchant ship Empress of China, bound for Canton (now Guangdong), China. At first, the America ...
October 11, 2012
Meeting the Chinese Space Challenge
On December 27, the Chinese government released its third white paper on its space activities. The release of China's Space Activities in 2011 seems to establish a pattern of releasing white papers on space issues about every five years (previous ones were released in 2000 and 2006) and seems ...
January 18, 2012
Getting Serious About Taiwan's Air Power Needs
Under the clear terms of the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. is obligated to make available the hardware and services necessary for Taiwan's defense. This obligation is a critical component of U.S. policy in the Western Pacific, as it ensures that, in the event of a cross-Strait conflict, Taiwan w ...
October 14, 2011
China's Space Program: A Growing Factor in U.S. Security Planning
In recent years, China has made great strides in its space program. Growing Chinese counterspace capabilities are beginning to threaten U.S. space superiority and therefore the ability of the U.S. to support its friends and allies and to deter aggression. To deal with the challenge, the U.S. shou ...
August 16, 2011
Sea Power and the Chinese State: China's Maritime Ambitions
The expansion of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is in many ways a logical and even forgone conclusion. China is the world's second-largest economy; its heavy dependence on trade inevitably makes the seas of growing importance to national well-being. Yet as China's maritime ambitions con ...
July 11, 2011
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