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The PLA Insight: Sino-Pakistan Naval Exercise; China’s Military Recruitment Policy; Taiwan Contingencies; Doklam & 3 Warfare Strategy; PLARF, & more

I. The Big Story: Sino-Pakistan’s Sea Guardian-2020 Earlier this week, China and Pakistan completed their sixth naval exercise, titled Sea-Guardians-2020 in the northern Arabian Sea. A naval task group from China’s Western Theatre Command participated in the exercise. The Chinese fleet included...

The PLA Insight: PLA & Tibet; The SCS Standoff; Military Sci-tech; JL-3; Djibouti Base; Smart Weapons Conf; China-Pakistan Naval Exercises, and more

I. The Big Story: PLA and Tibet The PLA has begun its major military exercises in the high-altitude Tibetan plateau bordering India. The Type 15 light battle tanks and the new type 155-MM howitzers are used for the exercises, a report claims. Another report claims that the...

The Takshashila Insight: Issue no 33: Sino-Japanese Tensions; Military Network; Carrier-Borne Squadrons; Mystery Missile Launcher; PLA Promotions; Chinese Military Innovation in AI Revolution; 解放军报; 3rd National War Game Simulation, and more

I. The Big Story: Sino-Japanese Tensions There have been attempts to stabilise Sino-Japanese relations since 2018. However, it has not succeeded. The Chinese maritime incursions in and around the Japanese held islands in the East China Sea have soared dramatically this year. According...

Takshashila Discussion Document — An Indian Approach to Navigate China’s Rise

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Executive Summary The rise of China as an emerging global power has significant implications for India’s pursuit of its core interests. While old sources of friction between the two countries persist, shifting global power...

4 Lessons for India From China’s October 2019 Military Parade

With the People’s Republic of China (PRC) marking its 70th founding anniversary on October 1, the grand military parade at Tiananmen Square was the highlight of the celebrations. It showcased China’s newer arms, ammunition, and technology. Over 15,000 personnel, 160...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 30: Xi’s Military Reforms; China-Pakistan, and India; Corruption in PLA; PLA Drones; Vertical Launch Missile System; 解放军报, and more

I. The Big Story: Xi’s Military Reforms The Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for efforts to cultivate a new type of military personnel who are competent, professional and possess both integrity and ability. He attended the opening ceremony of...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 29: PLA in Hong Kong; China’s Defence Diplomacy; PLA Hardware; Submarine Strategy; Security Review Commission Report; NIDS ; Jiefangjun Bao Report (解放军报); CMC Guideline

I. The Big Story: PLA in Hong Kong The People’s Liberation Army soldiers were spotted cleaning-up the Hong Kong’s streets last week. Their presence raised concerns in China’s autonomous region. Social media feeds showed men in green and black uniforms with Chinese flags...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 28: US-China Defence Ties; Strategic Competition in AI; China Fires Warning Flares; Naval Engineer Promoted to Full Membership; PLA Modernisation; Assessing the Air Component in the Military Parade; From Jiefangjun Bao, and more

I. The Big Story: US-China Defence Ties; Strategic Competition in AI Wei Fenghe, China’s Defence Minister and Mark Esper, US Defence Secretary discussed Hong Kong, Taiwan, the South China Sea and Xinjiang over a video call on Tuesday. No details of...

Why Xi won’t be sending the PLA to quell Hong Kong protests

The eleven-week-long protest movement in Hong Kong has reached a critical phase. Earlier this week, thousands of protesters converged on the city’s airport, paralysing operations and disrupting nearly 1,000 flights. The airport was finally cleared on Thursday after clashes between...

Eye on China: Sun’s Message – Space Competition – Defence Paper – Reforms & Defaults – Innovation Gain

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the new defence white paper; new Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong’s agenda; Xi’s reform meeting; Li Peng dies; Bank of Jinzhou’s financial...
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