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The FC-31, China’s ‘Other’ Stealth Fighter
February 18, 2021

The FC-31, China’s ‘Other’ Stealth Fighter

By Rick Joe
A look at the jet with many names – and its carrier-based future.

Third Chinese Aircraft Carrier Nears Completion Amid Shipyard Expansion
January 06, 2021

Third Chinese Aircraft Carrier Nears Completion Amid Shipyard Expansion

By Steven Stashwick
Work begins on fourth carrier, but future plans remain murky.
Hints of Chinese Naval Procurement Plans in the 2020s
December 25, 2020

Hints of Chinese Naval Procurement Plans in the 2020s

By Rick Joe
All military forces have a desired force requirement and a desired “critical mass” to aspire toward. What does the 14th five-year plan tell us about China’s?

Chinese Ballistic Missiles Fired Into South China Sea Claimed to Hit Target Ship
November 17, 2020

Chinese Ballistic Missiles Fired Into South China Sea Claimed to Hit Target Ship

By Steven Stashwick
A news report claims that the August ASBM tests successfully hit a moving vessel and did not just fall into the sea.

Is China Preparing to Set Up an ADIZ in the South China Sea With Taiwan in Mind?
November 13, 2020

Is China Preparing to Set Up an ADIZ in the South China Sea With Taiwan in Mind?

By Lu Li-shih
Types of aircraft intruding in Taiwan’s Southwest Air Defense Identification Zone reveal PLA intent.

Chinese Military Experiments With Using Commercial Vessels as Helicopter Bases
August 28, 2020

Chinese Military Experiments With Using Commercial Vessels as Helicopter Bases

By Steven Stashwick
The use of civilian ships to support combat could expand the military’s reach but blur targeting rules in wartime.

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.
China’s New Carrier to Begin New Round of Sea Trials This Week
August 01, 2019

China’s New Carrier to Begin New Round of Sea Trials This Week

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Chinese Navy’s latest flattop is expected to commence a four-day sea trial this Thursday.

China’s New Defense White Paper: Reading Between the Lines
July 30, 2019

China’s New Defense White Paper: Reading Between the Lines

By Ben Lowsen
Beijing walks a tightrope between peace and its conception of great power status.

China to Release New White Paper on National Defense: What to Expect
July 23, 2019

China to Release New White Paper on National Defense: What to Expect

By Ankit Panda
China’s strategic environment and capabilities have transformed considerably in the four years since the last document.

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?
China’s Navy Showcases New Type 055 Guided Missile Destroyer in Naval Parade
April 25, 2019

China’s Navy Showcases New Type 055 Guided Missile Destroyer in Naval Parade

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A naval parade to honor the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Chinese Navy included the service’s latest destroyer class.

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