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South China Sea: China Continues Construction Work on North Island in Paracel Group
March 16, 2017
South China Sea: China Continues Construction Work on North Island in Paracel Group
Satellite imagery shows additional Chinese work on its island possessions in the Paracel group.
South China Sea: China Continues Construction Work on North Island in Paracel Group
China Slows the Pace on Its Defense Spending Growth in 2017
March 05, 2017
China Slows the Pace on Its Defense Spending Growth in 2017
Anticipating slower overall growth, China slows the pace of its year-on-year defense spending growth.
China Slows the Pace on Its Defense Spending Growth in 2017
For Third Time Ever, China Shows Off Its DF-16 Medium-Range Ballistic Missile
February 07, 2017
For Third Time Ever, China Shows Off Its DF-16 Medium-Range Ballistic Missile
The DF-16 was first seen publicly in a September 2015 military parade.
For Third Time Ever, China Shows Off Its DF-16 Medium-Range Ballistic Missile
Chinese Military Recruitment Video Features East China Sea Air Encounter With Japan
January 03, 2017
Chinese Military Recruitment Video Features East China Sea Air Encounter With Japan
"This is China Naval Aviation Force on guard. Attention! You are about to violate Chinese air territory."
Chinese Military Recruitment Video Features East China Sea Air Encounter With Japan
China Protests Japan Fighter Scramble Over Miyako Strait Exercise
December 12, 2016
China Protests Japan Fighter Scramble Over Miyako Strait Exercise
Chinese military aircraft return to the Miyako Strait.
China Protests Japan Fighter Scramble Over Miyako Strait Exercise
South China Sea: China Activates First Desalination Plant on Woody Island
October 04, 2016
South China Sea: China Activates First Desalination Plant on Woody Island
The activation of China's first desalination plant on Woody Island improves the island's livability.
South China Sea: China Activates First Desalination Plant on Woody Island
East China Sea: Japan Reacts as Chinese Air Force Conducts Miyako Strait Drill
September 26, 2016
East China Sea: Japan Reacts as Chinese Air Force Conducts Miyako Strait Drill
Several types of Chinese military aircraft transited the strategically important strait.
East China Sea: Japan Reacts as Chinese Air Force Conducts Miyako Strait Drill
China's Air Force Revisits the Bashi Channel. Here's Why That Matters
September 13, 2016
China's Air Force Revisits the Bashi Channel. Here's Why That Matters
The Bashi Channel is seldom discussed, but bears great strategic relevance for the People's Liberation Army.
China's Air Force Revisits the Bashi Channel. Here's Why That Matters
Chinese Navy Holds 'Confrontation Drill' in Sea of Japan
August 23, 2016
Chinese Navy Holds 'Confrontation Drill' in Sea of Japan
The ships participating in the exercise were on their way back to China from RIMPAC 2016.
Chinese Navy Holds 'Confrontation Drill' in Sea of Japan
China's Military Has Nearly 3000 Aircraft. Here's Why That Matters
May 17, 2016
China's Military Has Nearly 3000 Aircraft. Here's Why That Matters
The 2016 Defense Department report on Chinese military strength says China may have 3,000 military aircraft.
China's Military Has Nearly 3000 Aircraft. Here's Why That Matters
Xi Jinping Has a New Title: Commander-in-Chief of the People's Liberation Army
April 22, 2016
Xi Jinping Has a New Title: Commander-in-Chief of the People's Liberation Army
Xi's quest to expand his personal authority over the Chinese military continues.
Xi Jinping Has a New Title: Commander-in-Chief of the People's Liberation Army
Chinese PLA Company Command: The Party Line
April 19, 2016
Chinese PLA Company Command: The Party Line
Become a Chinese PLA company commander for a day.
Chinese PLA Company Command: The Party Line
Xi Jinping and Maritime Militarization
March 23, 2016
Xi Jinping and Maritime Militarization
Fuzzy “pink lines” in the water.
Xi Jinping and Maritime Militarization
US Experts Talk Chinese PLA Reform
March 23, 2016
US Experts Talk Chinese PLA Reform
What’s changed and why?
US Experts Talk Chinese PLA Reform
Without Foreign Military Tech, Where Would China's Military Be?
March 08, 2016
Without Foreign Military Tech, Where Would China's Military Be?
The overwhelming majority of Chinese technology depends on systems acquired from foreign producers.
Without Foreign Military Tech, Where Would China's Military Be?
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