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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...

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...

Should India Worry About China’s Naval Fleet in Indian Ocean?

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) of the 21st century represents a geopolitical hotspot. Power politics is gaining traction in the region, with China attempting to form a leading presence in the vast waters surrounding the Indian subcontinent. In the context of (i) strategic identity, (ii) naval modernization and (iii) limitation...

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....

High time Indian foreign policy jettisons ‘don’t annoy China’ notion & supports virus probe

Of late, Covid-19 has been getting a geopolitical boost from the tailwinds of political and scientific narratives originating primarily from the US. In May,  US President Joe Biden ordered an intelligence probe into the origins of the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2. The fact that it originated in China is undisputed. Scientific suspicions that the virus is an artificial creation...
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