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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...

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...

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...

Five trends in India-China ties a year after the Galwan Valley clash

The June 2020 clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley has frequently been termed as a watershed moment in the history of bilateral relations. The incident marked the first loss of life in conflict along the boundary between the two countries in over four decades. A year...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue No 95

China-India Brief; Cyber Nuclear C3; Security Forces and AI Research; Annual Intelligence Report; National Security Day; Germany-Japan Security Talks I. The Big Story: China-India Brief Last week, the 11th round of Corps Commanders-level meetings yielded no results. China’s Western Theatre Command’s (WTC) spokesperson issued a statement after the meeting, “It is hoped that the...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue No 94

China-India: Corp Commanders Meeting, New Commander for XMD; SCS; Guidelines for PLA’s Ideological & Political Education; Taiwan; US Fonops & India The 11th round of Corp Commander-level talks and new Commander for the Xinjiang Military District The 11th Corp Commander-level meeting between China and India was held at the Chushul-Moldo border...

Takshashila Discussion Document – China’s Nuclear Ambiguity and its Implications for India

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Abstract China’s evolving security dynamics with the United States have compelled it to rethink its nuclear strategy to achieve effective deterrence. It is aiming to modernise its nuclear arsenal and increase its nuclear ambiguity through conventional-nuclear entanglement. Ambiguity will increase the risks of mischaracterisation...

How a new rail line in China will pose a security challenge to India

The Sichuan-Tibet rail link will help China mobilise the 77th Group Army and consolidate its hold on the border defence villages along the Sino-Indian border China’s 14th Five-Year Plan, approved in the recent National People’s Congress’s (NPC) annual session, outlines the Sichuan-Tibet railway line near the China-India border as a...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 92

China-India Brief: Tibet, China-India Nuclear Stability; Military Drivers of BRI; PLA Modernisation 2027; The Philippines-China Stand-off; Taiwan I. The Big Story: China-India Brief There is no information available yet on the 11th round of the Corp Commander-level meeting. After completing the disengagement process from both the north and south banks of...

Eye on China: LAC Caution – Xi’s Cadre Control – Human Rights – Xinjiang Sanctions – Chinese Views on US Policy – Lavrov’s Visit – Tibet Policy

Eye on China is a weekly newsletter that covers news and developments related to China from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties Let’s begin with reports of the next round of Corps Commander-level talks that are likely to take place this week. Shishir Gupta reports that the talks are “expected to...
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