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For Ben Blanchard's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

China tries to ease worries about overseas military bases

Mar 27, 2016

China tries to ease worries about overseas military bases

China has launched an unusual charm offensive to explain its first overseas naval base in Djibouti, seeking to assuage global concerns about military expansionism by portraying the move as Beijing’s contribution to regional security and development. The message is in stark contrast to Beijing’s ...

Celebrated in China, Xi's U.S. profile dims in shadow of pope

Sep 27, 2015

Celebrated in China, Xi's U.S. profile dims in shadow of pope

On Friday morning, Chinese President Xi Jinping enjoyed the symbolic high point of his first state visit to the United States — a 21-gun salute as he stood with President Barack Obama outside the White House. For most Americans, it was a sideshow: the ...

Aug 1, 2015

On Army Day, China warns of growing border security risks

China’s military warned on Saturday on its founding anniversary of growing risks along its borders, including in the disputed waters of the South and East China Seas. The Chinese military, the world’s largest, has embarked upon an ambitious modernization program in recent years. That, ...