Christian Le Miere

Christian Le Miere

Christian Le Miere is a foreign policy adviser. He is the founder of Arcipel, a strategic consultancy, and has worked as a senior adviser to an Abu Dhabi entity. He was formerly a senior fellow at the IISS, a London-based think tank, and the editor of various publications for Jane's, a global defence intelligence firm.

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Opinion | China’s reported hypersonic missile test is not a ‘Sputnik moment’, but is still cause for concern

The test, if reports are accurate, is neither of drastically new technology nor shows capabilities the US does not possess or has not already considered. Still, that China is developing such systems indicates it is seeking ways to defeat US missile defences.

The test, if reports are accurate, is neither of drastically new technology nor shows capabilities the US does not possess or has not already considered. Still, that China is developing such systems indicates it is seeking ways to defeat US missile defences.

China’s reported hypersonic missile test is not a ‘Sputnik moment’, but is still cause for concern
21 Oct 2021 - 2:25AM
Opinion | How the Aukus security alliance raises awkward questions for China, and some US allies

By focusing on the US, UK and Australia, the grouping leaves out key allies and partners, including France, Canada and New Zealand. For Beijing, it shows how its policies towards Indo-Pacific countries, such as sanctioning Australian exports, can backfire.

By focusing on the US, UK and Australia, the grouping leaves out key allies and partners, including France, Canada and New Zealand. For Beijing, it shows how its policies towards Indo-Pacific countries, such as sanctioning Australian exports, can backfire.

How the Aukus security alliance raises awkward questions for China, and some US allies
21 Sep 2021 - 10:11AM
Opinion | How China’s growing global reach raises the terrorist threat to its interests overseas

Beijing’s growing international commercial presence has led to jihadist organisations seeing China as a new colonial power. As the threats multiply, the question will be how it secures the safety of its citizens and interests.

Beijing’s growing international commercial presence has led to jihadist organisations seeing China as a new colonial power. As the threats multiply, the question will be how it secures the safety of its citizens and interests.

How China’s growing global reach raises the terrorist threat to its interests overseas
2 Sep 2021 - 4:10AM
Opinion | How China can benefit from joining US, Russia in nuclear arms talks

Engaging in arms limitation talks is a chance to show Beijing’s commitment to nuclear restraint. Being part of the conversation would also allow China to press for more stringent restraints on both the US and Russian nuclear arsenals.

Engaging in arms limitation talks is a chance to show Beijing’s commitment to nuclear restraint. Being part of the conversation would also allow China to press for more stringent restraints on both the US and Russian nuclear arsenals.

How China can benefit from joining US, Russia in nuclear arms talks
9 Jul 2021 - 1:00AM
Opinion | China’s use of maritime militia demonstrates its control over South China Sea

Tensions over the 200 Chinese vessels moored off Whitsun Reef have again put the spotlight on the range of capabilities Beijing employs to maintain effective control of the increasingly contested and militarised waterway.

Tensions over the 200 Chinese vessels moored off Whitsun Reef have again put the spotlight on the range of capabilities Beijing employs to maintain effective control of the increasingly contested and militarised waterway.

China’s use of maritime militia demonstrates its control over South China Sea
3 Apr 2021 - 1:50AM
Opinion | Why Britain’s Indo-Pacific ‘tilt’ has China squarely in its sights

While the UK has not announced an official Indo-Pacific strategy, a series of recent military and economic policy decisions suggests a shift has begun. Driven by a need to diversify trade partners after Brexit, London wants to enhance its relationships in Asia.

While the UK has not announced an official Indo-Pacific strategy, a series of recent military and economic policy decisions suggests a shift has begun. Driven by a need to diversify trade partners after Brexit, London wants to enhance its relationships in Asia.

Why Britain’s Indo-Pacific ‘tilt’ has China squarely in its sights
22 Feb 2021 - 9:19AM
Opinion | How China’s defence law changes pave the way for greater global military influence

By providing legal support for China’s future overseas adventurism, the law underlines Beijing’s intent to be a more activist military power and expands the reasons it might project its power overseas – a change that could shake up global politics.

By providing legal support for China’s future overseas adventurism, the law underlines Beijing’s intent to be a more activist military power and expands the reasons it might project its power overseas – a change that could shake up global politics.

How China’s defence law changes pave the way for greater global military influence
20 Jan 2021 - 8:45AM
Opinion | China’s Type 075 assault ship sails into the South China Sea with a message from Beijing

The trial voyage last month of this yet-to-be-commissioned addition to China’s naval fleet, followed soon after by exercises of three Type 071 ships, would not have escaped the notice of East and Southeast Asian states with whom China has maritime disputes.

The trial voyage last month of this yet-to-be-commissioned addition to China’s naval fleet, followed soon after by exercises of three Type 071 ships, would not have escaped the notice of East and Southeast Asian states with whom China has maritime disputes.

China’s Type 075 assault ship sails into the South China Sea with a message from Beijing
7 Dec 2020 - 10:32AM
Opinion | RCEP trade deal: US should worry less about China’s role and more about being left out

The challenge is not that the world’s biggest trade deal is China-led or heralds a Sinocentric order – both of which are misrepresentations anyway – but that the Asia-Pacific region has shown no need of US leadership or even involvement.

The challenge is not that the world’s biggest trade deal is China-led or heralds a Sinocentric order – both of which are misrepresentations anyway – but that the Asia-Pacific region has shown no need of US leadership or even involvement.

RCEP trade deal: US should worry less about China’s role and more about being left out
20 Nov 2020 - 4:50AM
Opinion | How Donald Trump’s Middle East deal will affect China’s arms sales in the region

The Abraham Accords bring several US allies closer, and recognise that the Iran threat is a greater driver than historical antagonism. Should the US liberalise the sale of advanced military equipment to the region, Beijing would lose a key selling point for its own arms sales.

The Abraham Accords bring several US allies closer, and recognise that the Iran threat is a greater driver than historical antagonism. Should the US liberalise the sale of advanced military equipment to the region, Beijing would lose a key selling point for its own arms sales.

How Donald Trump’s Middle East deal will affect China’s arms sales in the region
9 Oct 2020 - 5:38AM
Opinion | Can ‘Beijing Biden’ balance being tough on China while seeking common ground?

US presidential hopeful Joe Biden is expected to be tough on human rights and trade policy, open to compromise where necessary, and seek collaboration in climate change and economic recovery.

US presidential hopeful Joe Biden is expected to be tough on human rights and trade policy, open to compromise where necessary, and seek collaboration in climate change and economic recovery.

Can ‘Beijing Biden’ balance being tough on China while seeking common ground?
17 Oct 2020 - 7:12AM
Opinion | The US is finally taking sides in the South China Sea – against Beijing’s claims

By aligning the US more closely with the tribunal’s finding in 2016, Pompeo effectively states the nine-dash line has ‘no basis in international law’. While he was careful not to say whether Washington favoured one claimant over another, the US finally appears to be taking a side – against China.

By aligning the US more closely with the tribunal’s finding in 2016, Pompeo effectively states the nine-dash line has ‘no basis in international law’. While he was careful not to say whether Washington favoured one claimant over another, the US finally appears to be taking a side – against China.

The US is finally taking sides in the South China Sea – against Beijing’s claims
16 Jul 2020 - 9:11AM
Opinion | With the new US defence bill, Donald Trump is finally standing up to China in the Indo-Pacific

Under the new Pacific Deterrence Initiative, the US aims to increase its bases in Asia and make them harder for China to target in a missile attack, to show Beijing – and US allies – that America is ‘deeply committed’ to defending its interests in the region.

Under the new Pacific Deterrence Initiative, the US aims to increase its bases in Asia and make them harder for China to target in a missile attack, to show Beijing – and US allies – that America is ‘deeply committed’ to defending its interests in the region.

With the new US defence bill, Donald Trump is finally standing up to China in the Indo-Pacific
26 Jun 2020 - 5:21AM
Opinion | China’s relations with the US are at their lowest for 30 years, but don’t call it a new cold war

The lack of ideological competition and proxy wars in far-flung corners of the world make it unhelpful to describe the current Sino-US relationship as a new cold war. Trying to recreate the past by splitting the world into two camps will only alienate allies and damage economies.

The lack of ideological competition and proxy wars in far-flung corners of the world make it unhelpful to describe the current Sino-US relationship as a new cold war. Trying to recreate the past by splitting the world into two camps will only alienate allies and damage economies.

China’s relations with the US are at their lowest for 30 years, but don’t call it a new cold war
3 Jun 2020 - 1:59AM