David D. Chen is an analyst at CENTRA Technology, Inc., a consulting firm. The views expressed here are his own. He also serves on the editorial board of the internationally peer-reviewed journal Space Policy and as a manuscript reviewer for China Security. Mr. Chen holds a Masters from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelors from Pomona College. A fluent Mandarin speaker, he has studied at Nanjing University, China, and in Taipei, Taiwan.
Introduction Early assessments of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) April exercises in the waters and airspace around Taiwan have focused on the diplomatic and political ramifications of yet another
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