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The PLA Insight: Issue no 50: China’s Nuclear Tests; Escalating Tensions in East Asia; PLA Conscriptions 2020; PLA’s Influence Operations, and more

I. The Big Story: China Conducts Nuclear Tests? Beijing might secretly be conducting low-level nuclear tests at its Lup Nur site in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, claims a new arms control report by the State Department. This is despite Beijing’s claim of strictly...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no. 49: China’s Hardening Posture in the Neighbourhood: SCS, ECS, India; PLAN’s Next-gen Submarine; Research: Djibouti Naval Base, & more

I. The Big Story: China’s Hardening Posture in the Neighbourhood? There have been multiple incidents around China’s periphery in the last three months or more, indicating China’s hardening of posture in the neighbourhood. Let’s first recap all the incidents: – In...

The PLA Insight: 48: China’s Naval Modernisation; Mapping PLA Rocket Force; Airborne Support Force; Operational DA-ASAT; Veterans; Shangrila Dialogue

I. The Big Story: China’s Naval Modernisation The US’s Congressional Research Service (CRS) published its annual assessment of China’s naval modernisation on March 18. The report highlights PLA’s latest naval developments, newer acquisitions, improved capabilities, changing approach and gaps to be exploited. The...

The PLA Insight: 47: Clinical Trials; Marine Corps; UUVs in IOR; China’s Strategic Assessment of India; SCS; Joint Patrol- Mekong; and more

I. The Big Story: PLA & the Clinical Trials: Fact-Checking The past several issues of your newsletter have focused on the PLA’s fight with the novel coronavirus. It’s tempting to write on that again, but let’s take a break this time...

The PLA Insight: Issue 44: PLA in the Philippines; US-China Tensions; Gwadar: No More a Pearl; PLA Exercises in Tibet & India; Rocket Force, and more

I. The Big Story: PLA Members in the Philippines? On March 4, 2020, Filipino Senator Panfilo Lacson expressed concerns about the growing number of Chinese military personnel in the Philippines. He said that a good number of 2000 to 3000 PLA personnel are in...

Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc — Securing China: An Assessment of Xi’s Military Reforms

Download the Discussion Slidedoc in PDF Executive Summary China’s President Xi Jinping announced landmark military reforms in late 2015. The reforms aim to convert the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into a world-class force by 2050, that can achieve China’s national...

China Military Power Projection: Testimonies; Trump’s India visit and the Chinese Newspapers; Growth of PLARF; Cobra Gold Military Exercises, and more

I. The Big Story: China’s Military Power Projection: Testimonies The US-China Economic and Security Commission (USCERSC) conducted a hearing on China’s military power projection. The hearing examines China’s abilities and growing capabilities beyond its shores. President Xi Jinping in December 2015...

The PLA Insight: CMC Decrees; Cyber Security Rules; PLA & Virus; Karachi-bound Ship with Missiles; Modernisation Impacted; Defence Statistics, & more

I. The Big Story: CMC Decrees and Measures Tightening Security: China has tightened the confidentiality rules for overseas cooperation and arms fairs as the PLA steps up exchanges with foreign counterparts. President Xi Jinping signed a decree last week to improve confidentiality for...

The PLA Insight: PLA, Equifax and Espionage; Taiwan-PRC Scrambles; PLA & Virus; India & China; Nuke Forces; Arms Sale; Social Credit System and more

I. The Big Story: PLA, Equifax, and Espionage The US Department of Justice announced the indictment of four Chinese PLA service members in connection with the 2017 Equifax breach on February 10. The indictment alleged individuals of hacking data such as names, date of...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 40: PLA’s Fight with Corona virus; US-China Tensions; Type 15 Tanks; S-400; Cambodia’s Naval Base; Type 055 Cruisers; & more

I. The Big Story: PLA’s Fight with the Virus The coronavirus outbreak is far from coming under control, and the PLA has sprung into action to fight it. President Xi Jinping gave an important order to the armed forces to fight the outbreak...
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