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All Things Policy: China Military Report

The Pentagon’s 2020 China Military Power report emphasizes the advances made by the Chinese armed forces towards achieving “world-class” force status. Manoj Kewalramani speaks to Suyash Desai to get a breakdown of the key aspects covered in the report.

The PLA Insight: DOD 2020 China Military Power Report Breakdown and The Sino-Indian Escalation

I. DOD’s China Military Power Report Breakdown The Pentagon’s 2020 China Military Power report is possibly the longest since the inception of the annual report series in 2000. As Chad Sbragia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China in the Indo-Pacific Division claimed, “The report has taken on particular importance as the DOD...

All Things Policy: Strategic Autonomy: What It Means for India

As India’s relations with China deteriorate, what sort of ties should it seek with the United States? Lt General Prakash Menon talks to Suyash Desai and Aditya Ramanathan about the way ahead.

All Things Policy: Does History Shape Foreign Policy?

Public discourse often attempts to explain the actions of nation-states through “civilisational worldviews”. China, for example, is believed to have a “Middle Kingdom” approach to foreign policy, while some claim that India’s foreign policy follows in the footsteps of Kautilya’s Arthashastra. But is that really the case? Do nation-states develop...

The Sino-Indian Border: Military, Diplomatic and Nuclear Relations; China’s Youth Thousand Talents Plan; PLA RF Theatre Integration; Taiwan; more

I. The Big Story: The Sino-Indian Dispute: Military-Diplomatic Updates Plus Nuclear Relations There is no major diplomatic or military-diplomatic breakthrough on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India are still engaged in a stand-off on at least three points at the disputed border....

100 Days of The Sino-Indian Stand-off; President Tsai Ing-Wen’s Speech, High Profile US Visit to Taiwan; Xi’s Elite Party Politics and the CMC, more

I. The Big Story: 100 Days of The Sino-Indian Stand-off The Sino-Indian stand-off completed 100 days on Thursday, August 13. But there is no significant progress made on disengagement and de-escalation, especially since the past month or more. The PLA is still on the Indian-side of the Line of Actual Control...

All Things Policy: Confucian Confusion: India Reviews Work of CIs

Amid the standoff at the LAC, the Indian government is reportedly reviewing the work of Confucius Institutes in the country. These institutes have come under increasing scrutiny around the world over the past few years. But what do we know about their operations? Is a crackdown in India warranted? And...

The Sino-Indian Border: Roadblock; SCS; Ballistic Missiles; Launch-on-warning Nuclear Posture; SEU: PLASSF; COVID from the PLA Labs; Taiwan Tensions

I. Sino-Indian Border Dispute: Military Talks Hit Roadblock The fifth round of Corp Commander-level talks between India and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which began this Sunday, ended in a stalemate. The meeting, which took place on the Chinese side of Chushul-Moldo Border, continued until the late evening. The Pangong...

The People’s Liberation Army is strong. But it has four weaknesses

It hasn’t fought since 1979; it has been corrupt; it lacks skilled personnel; and it has financial issues The People’s Republic of China (PRC) will be celebrating the 93rd founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on August 1. Consolidated in 1927 during the Nanchang uprising by the Chinese...

The PLA @ 93; Sino-Indian Tension: No Further Disengagement; SCS: Regional States Balancing, but not Australia; PLA’s Overseas Operations, more

I. The Big Story: The PLA @ 93 The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is turning 93 years old today (August 1, 2020). But the celebrations, unlike the past, are without much pomp, pageantry and promotions. President Xi Jinping has only promoted Xu Zhongbo, former political commissar of the PLA’s Joint Logistic Support Force...
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