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The PLA Insight: Issue no 106

I. The Big Story: China-India Brief Xi’s Tibet Visit General Secretary Xi Jinping visited Tibet this week. This is his first visit to Tibet since he started heading the party, state and military. Previously, Xi visited Tibet in 2011 when he was the Central Military Commission’s (CMC) Vice Chairman and the People Republic...

Book Review: Tiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest

By describing the political landscape leading up to the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989, Vijay Gokhale details the nuances of the decision-making process of China’s party-state system It’s been over a year since the start of the ongoing China-India stand-off in eastern Ladakh that resulted in the deaths of 20...

A Wedge Triangle : Russia Japan and China

The new iteration of Russia’s national security strategy and the latest Xi-Putin joint statement offer important clues to wedges that can be exploited in Russia’s relationship with China and Japan. On 2nd July, President Putin approved a new iteration of Russia’s national security strategy. The overwhelming focus on preserving the...

Myanmar Coup: India’s Way Forward

The United Nations recently passed a resolution condemning Myanmar’s military leader and calling for a halt in arms sales to the country. It called upon the Myanmar military to respect the results of the general election, to respect all human rights of people of Myanmar and to allow the sustained...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 105

PLA Promotions: Profiles; Arms Control, Military Diplomacy, Military-Political Work, Precision Munitions Eyes and Brain, Submarines; Conscription I. The Big Story: PLA Promotions The Central Military Commission (CMC) has promoted the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) four senior ranking officials this week. Xu Qiling, Wang Xiubin, Liu Zhenli and Ju Qiansheng were promoted as Generals....

The PLA Insight: Issue no 104

China’s 100 New DF-41 Silos; China-India Brief; Naval and Merchant Ships Magazine; J-20s and CCP Centenary China has begun construction of more than 100 new silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in a desert near the northwest city of Yumen. Commercial satellite images obtained by researchers at the James Martin Center for...

Modi govt’s silence on China gave ‘satellite warriors’ a free run. India will rue the damages

The Ladakh stand-off has boosted transparency, for it has given greater visibility to a species of information soldiers who could be described as ‘Satellite Warriors’. These individuals, who are mostly housed in either think tanks or media, are increasingly the main sources of satellite imagery, informing the Indian and international...

For CCP, the era of seeking strength

On July 1, even as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) marks its centenary, it has sought to use the moment to catalyse the march towards the goals of “socialist modernisation” and “national rejuvenation”. According to the Party’s, and indeed Xi Jinping’s, historical narrative, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) entered...

Is Pakistan back in action?

Terrorist acts often reveal their intentions by the choice of targets. The drone attack on the IAF’s Jammu airbase on the night of June 26/27 may have more tactical and strategic strands than meets the eye. The combination of the choice of target, the method of attack, and its timing...

Blending Borders #2

This Newsletter explores ongoing issues and perspectives from India’s neighbouring countries, including – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan. In Brief – Vaccine updates, Sri Lanka’s #MeToo Storm, China-Nepal Rail link, Bangladesh among India’s top five exports, UN call for arms embargo against Myanmar, U.S support for...
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