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China’s Military Has a Hidden Weakness
April 20, 2021

China’s Military Has a Hidden Weakness

By Steve Sacks
High-tech new weapons are useful, but current military reform shortfalls hinder the PLA’s ability to employ such hardware.

What a Change in China’s Officer Rank and Grade System Tells Us About PLA Reform
March 31, 2021

What a Change in China’s Officer Rank and Grade System Tells Us About PLA Reform

By James Char
New interim regulations to improve the PLA’s officer management system and recruitment policies are more evidence of China's long time horizons for military prowess.
China’s Military Actions Against Taiwan in 2021: What to Expect
December 18, 2020

China’s Military Actions Against Taiwan in 2021: What to Expect

By Ying-Yu Lin
A look at the security environment facing Taiwan in the upcoming year.

The PLA’s AI Competitions
November 05, 2020

The PLA’s AI Competitions

By Marcus Clay
Can the new design contests foster a culture of military innovation in China?

The Latest Target of China’s Military Reform: Reserve Forces 
September 02, 2020

The Latest Target of China’s Military Reform: Reserve Forces 

By Ying-Yu Lin
China’s decision to centralize command of reserve forces signals that military restructuring is still ongoing. 

Deception Is Key to Chinese Military Strategies
August 08, 2020

Deception Is Key to Chinese Military Strategies

By Aaron Jensen
Despite the long tradition of valuing deception by Chinese military leaders, few studies on Chinese military power touch on the issue.

How Will the Chinese Navy Use Its 2 Aircraft Carriers?
January 10, 2020

How Will the Chinese Navy Use Its 2 Aircraft Carriers?

By Ying Yu Lin
As the PLA Navy adjusts to its growing carrier fleet, pay attention to the officers tasked to lead.
What Recent Promotions Tells Us About the ‘New Normal’ in China’s Military
August 30, 2019

What Recent Promotions Tells Us About the ‘New Normal’ in China’s Military

By Ying Yu Lin
After uncertainty caused by reform and anti-corruption, the PLA’s personnel management is returning to normal patterns.

China Rotates New Troops Into Hong Kong Amid Mass Protests
August 30, 2019

China Rotates New Troops Into Hong Kong Amid Mass Protests

By Ken Moritsugu and Yanan Wang
Chinese officials called the move a routine annual rotation, but it raised fresh worries about the possible use of force.

Innovation in the New Era of Chinese Military Power
July 25, 2019

Innovation in the New Era of Chinese Military Power

By Elsa B. Kania
What to make of the new Chinese defense white paper, the first since 2015.

Vietnam Is the Chinese Military’s Preferred Warm-Up Fight
May 14, 2019

Vietnam Is the Chinese Military’s Preferred Warm-Up Fight

By Derek Grossman
At some point, the Chinese military will need to test its new capabilities – and Vietnam is likely the preferred adversary.
How Politically Influential Is China’s Military?
April 27, 2019

How Politically Influential Is China’s Military?

By Christopher K. Colley
Are we seeing the gradual decline of the PLA as a force in formal Chinese politics?

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