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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?

What Are China’s Plans for its Airborne Corps?
April 20, 2019

What Are China’s Plans for its Airborne Corps?

By Ying Yu Lin
What the reshuffling of top leadership tells us about the future development of PLA aviation.

China’s Strategic Support Force At 3
December 29, 2018

China’s Strategic Support Force At 3

By Elsa B. Kania
The Strategic Support Force’s future trajectory will be a critical bellwether of the PLA’s progress toward becoming a “world-class” military.
Chinese Communist Party Expels 2 Former Top Generals
October 16, 2018

Chinese Communist Party Expels 2 Former Top Generals

By Charlotte Gao
Both fallen generals (one of whom already committed suicide) were accused of “being two-faced” and “disloyal to the Party.”

Less Visible Aspects of Chinese Military Modernization
September 21, 2018

Less Visible Aspects of Chinese Military Modernization

By Shahryar Pasandideh
Besides new equipment, we need to pay attention to how China is upgrading old systems.

China’s Private Army: Protecting the New Silk Road
March 20, 2018

China’s Private Army: Protecting the New Silk Road

By Alessandro Arduino
How will Beijing provide security for Chinese personnel and infrastructure along the Belt and Road?

The Ideology Behind China’s Fast-Changing Military
January 24, 2018

The Ideology Behind China’s Fast-Changing Military

By Zi Yang
Understanding the motivations behind reforms helps us project what's next for the PLA.
The Early Returns of China’s Military Reforms
January 13, 2018

The Early Returns of China’s Military Reforms

By Ying Yu Lin
China’s increased capability for joint operations means Taiwan must rethink the Chinese military threat.

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