Suyash Desai

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All Things Policy: Defence of Japan

 Recently Japan issued its 2021 Defense White Paper, which serves as a window into the priorities and activities of the Japanese Ministry of Defense and Self-Defense Forces. This year the publication has garnered much more attention merely from its...

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...

Book Review: Tiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest

By describing the political landscape leading up to the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989, Vijay Gokhale details the nuances of the decision-making process of China’s party-state system It’s been over a year since the start of the ongoing China-India stand-off...

All Things Policy: China’s New Missile Silos

China has reportedly begun the construction of more than 100 new silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in a desert near the northwest city of Yumen. Pranav Satyanath and Suyash Desai join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what this development means...

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...

All Things Policy: CPC@100: The Challenges Ahead

 The Chinese Communist Party celebrated its centenary this month. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai discuss the big ideas and major themes of the build-up to the celebrations and the challenges that the party faces in the future.

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...

All Things Policy: One Year After Galwan

 This month marked the first anniversary of the Galwan Valley clash between China and India, which resulted in the deaths of 20 Indians and at least four PLA soldiers. Even after 13 months of friction, the two sides have...

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...

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...
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