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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...

Technopolitik #3 Of Myths and Delusions – Mirage of high-tech self-sufficiency,Porous Censorship,Emerging tech and risk reduction, 5GW, and Game of drones

Read the full edition and subscribe here Matsyanyaaya #1: High-Tech Self-Sufficiency is a Delusion — Pranay Kotasthane (An edited version of this article first appeared in Times of India Plus on 22nd June 2021) The near-daily cadence of reports highlighting China’s growing technology prowess has set the cat among the pigeons in many democracies....

The PLA Insight: Issue no 103

China-India Brief; PLA Unit 69010; Cooperation Under Asymmetry; AI in China’s Revolution in Military Affairs;  Taiwan; Pseudonym 解辛平 (Jiěxīnpíng) I. The Big Story: China-India Brief The Economic Times reports that China and India will finally hold consultations this week to break the impasse over the disengagement of troops along certain friction points in...

‘Gray zone’ intrigue may derail Russia-Japan cooperation

Read the Full Text of the Article on Asia Times  Rightly or wrongly, Moscow may interpret recent events as ‘war by other means’ waged by US ally Japan Russia and its adversaries are equally obsessed with a full spectrum of “gray zone” activities, including high-tech military, industrial and corporate espionage. While Russia does...

The PLA Insight: Issue No 102

I. The Big Story: China’s Nuclear Forces The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission conducted a hearing on China’s nuclear forces on June 10, 2021. China’s force expansion and modernisation, upgrading delivery and support systems, and implications for the US, allies, partners and the Indo-Pacific region were major discussion points during this hearing....

The Galwan Valley One Year On: What’s Changed with China and the PLA?

This month marks the first anniversary of the Galwan Valley clash between China and India, which resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian and at least four PLA soldiers. It also marks the first fatalities on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in over 45 years resulting from China’s attempts...

The PLA Insight: Issue No 101

I. The Big Story: China-India Brief There is no update on the 12th round of military dialogue, as India awaits dates for the next Corps Commander-level and Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border Affairs (WMCC) meetings. Shishir Gupta reports for the Hindustan Times that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) appears...

The PLA Insight: Issue No 100

I. The Big Story: China-India Brief The Hindu reports a minor face-off between Chinese and Indian troops in the no-patrolling zone at Galwan Valley, Eastern Ladakh. This reportedly happened in the first week of May 2021. It is the same area where the two sides clashed on June 15, 2020, resulting in the deaths of...

How China’s Nuclear Ambiguity Affects India

What China’s nuclear ambiguity means for India is different from that for other nuclear powers such as the United States and Russia. Ever since China exploded its first nuclear device in 1964, Beijing’s nuclear strategy has largely remained unchanged: it is based on achieving deterrence through assured retaliation. A crucial requirement...

The PLA Insight: Issue No 97

China-India Brief; Three New Warships; Japan and China: The Senkakus; Taiwan; SCS; China’s Arctic Ambitions; China in Space; Military Expenditure I. The Big Story: China-India Brief  In the first communication since they met in October 2019 for the second informal summit, China’s President Xi Jinping sent a condolence message to Prime Minister...
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