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The PLA Insight: The Sino-Indian Relations; BGI and the PLA; Chinese Survey Ships; Sea Sick: Chinese Submariners; Taiwan; Testimonies: the CCP Centennial

I. The Big Story: Sino-Indian Relations India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman presented the Union Budget in the Indian Parliament this week. Against the backdrop of the stand-off with China and an impetus for military modernisation, capital expenditure in the defence budget saw an increase of ₹21,326 crores, or 18.75 per cent, from the...

China-India Tensions; India in DF-26 (dual-use) launcher’s range; Coastguard Law; PLA Salary Increase; 250 Missile Tests in 2020; PLA Mobilisation

I. The Big Story: China-India Tensions It’s been a hectic week for China and India on diplomatic and military fronts. Yesterday, Dr S Jaishankar, India’s Minister for Foreign Affairs gave a speech on the state of China-India relations at the 13th All India Conference for China Studies. I am briefly highlighting the important...

China-India Border Dispute; PLA Regulations; Taiwan; Chinese Nuclear Forces, 2020; India’s Theatre Expansion: Sea Power to Balance China’s Rise

I. The Big Story:  China-India Border Dispute India’s Defence Ministry’s year-end review claims that the Indian troops are well entrenched along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to counter any Chinese actions, even though efforts are made to resolve the ongoing stand-off through talks. The report also claims that the Chinese attempt to...

PLA in 2020: Year-end Review

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had an eventful 2020. It was involved in skirmishes and stand-offs on multiple peripheries throughout the year. In particular, 2020 has been the first major test of China’s capacity for large-scale military deployment and national defence mobilisation since military reforms. Most importantly, it marked the...

The PLA Insight: China-India Dispute; US-China ESRC Annual Report; NIDS Annual Report: Cyber, Space and MCF; Taiwan; SCS

I. The Big Story: China-India Dispute It’s been eight months since the Sino-Indian border stand-off started in the eastern Ladakh region. Since then, there have been eight Corps Commander-level meetings between the two sides with no reported progress on the ground. The eighth meeting was held in the first week...

The PLA Insight: PLA’s New Operational Doctrine; Sino-Indian Border Dispute; China & Bhutan; Taiwan; China Reading Thomas Schelling, etc.

I. The Big Story: PLA’s New Operational Doctrine The Central Military Commission issued a new operational doctrine for the PLA which went into effect on November 7, 2020. The latest operation doctrine is called “Outline of Joint Operations for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Trial)”  中国人民解放军联合作战纲要(试行). This is only the fifth time that the PLA...

The PLA Insight: The Sino-Indian Disengagement; China’s Next Overseas Base; Taiwan and the US Marines; Veterans Legislation; Newer Construction in the South China Sea

I. The Big Story: The Sino-Indian Border Disengagement? The eight Corp Commander-level meeting between China and India took place on the Indian side of the Chushul-Moldo Border Personnel meeting point on November 6. The meeting which started at 9.30 am went up to 7 pm. Like the sixth and seventh Corp Commander-level meetings, this...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 75: The Sino-Indian Border Dispute; Taiwan-US Arms Deal and the PLA; New Personnel Training Regulations; PLA & the Korean War @ 70; the PLA 2.0

The eight-round of corps commander-level meeting between China and India is likely to be held soon with the focus on disengagement in Eastern Ladakh before the setting-in of harsh winter. Already, the temperature in the region was around minus 5 degrees Celsius this morning. read more

The PLA Insight: The Sino-Indian Border Dispute; Taiwan National Day & the PLA; SCS; Marine Corps; China’s Security Contractors; Drone Swarms; Veterans Law and more

I. The Big Story: The Sino-Indian Border Dispute Indian and Chinese Corp Commanders met for the seventh time to discuss disengagement and de-escalation at the Sino-Indian border. However, the meeting which started on the Indian side of the Chushul-Moldo point in eastern Ladakh achieved no breakthrough. The previous round, the sixth Corps Commander-level...

The PLA Insight: The Sino-Indian Stand-off; Nuclear Escalation; China’s India Dilemma; Increased China Taiwan Tensions; Ream Naval Base; US Elections and the PLA

I. The Big Story: The Sino-Indian Border Stand-off The 7th round Corp Commander-level meeting between China and India will most likely be held on October 12 after the two sides agreed to continue and maintain close consultation at the diplomatic and military levels last week. The talks are slated just three days before...
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