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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?

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.

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