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  • The People’s Liberation Army at Ninety – Poised for a ‘Great Leap’

    The People’s Liberation Army at Ninety

    It will take some time before the PLA can claim to be a modern military, at par with Western armies, capable of undertaking extended global missions. But the PLA is poised for a “Giant Leap”, and that is bound to dramatically change the ‘balance of power’ dynamics.

    August 07, 2017

    Vaibhav Vadera asked: How will China's War Zone Doctrine change in the light of the recently announced joint commands?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: The recently announced joint commands mark the next stage of China’s evolving military joint-ness or integrated warfare strategy. It is very much a part of China’s ongoing quest for integrated employment of the various components, mainly the three services (army, air force and navy), of its military in warfare. China began striving for joint-ness in early 1980s in the backdrop of its pyrrhic victory in the third Indo-China or Sino-Vietnam War in 1979.

    China’s Creeping Maritime Assertiveness

    The Chinese stance towards the December 15, 2016 incident relating to the seizure of USN UUV by PLA Navy has been extraordinarily ambiguous.

    January 03, 2017

    Recent Transitions in the Leadership of the PLA Rocket Forces

    Recent Transitions in the Leadership of the PLA Rocket Forces

    The leadership transition in the Rocket Forces shows that the service is not only integrating with other services but that its officials are increasingly called upon to other services to facilitate joint training and exercises.

    June 06, 2016

    China’s Military Reforms: Is All Well With the PLA?

    China’s Military Reforms: Is All Well With the PLA?

    If PLA doesn’t change its ‘army-centric’ character and make way for professionals with domain expertise, the higher defence organisation will continue to be weak and the reform only in name.

    March 09, 2016

    Changing Contexts of Chinese Military Strategy and Doctrine

    Changing Contexts of Chinese Military Strategy and Doctrine

    This monograph identifies the contexts which have shaped China's military strategy and doctrine. It argues that these have evolved through Party-Military relations as well as through the Chinese leadership's assessment of the international balance of power. In this framework, the monograph has traced the PLA's strategic and doctrinal transformation from a defensive one to one of limited offence, having global aspirations, affecting further changes in China's military strategy and doctrine.

    2016

    Port de Djibouti: China’s First Permanent Naval Base in the Indian Ocean

    Port de Djibouti: China’s First Permanent Naval Base in the Indian Ocean

    Hitherto, the India-China border dispute was largely a land-air contingency. Now, the PLA Navy’s presence in the IOR adds the third dimension and needs to be factored in future planning and preparations.

    February 22, 2016

    China Yearbook 2013

    China Yearbook 2013
    • Publisher: Magnum Books Pvt Ltd
      2014

    An annual publication from the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), the China Yearbook is a round-up of events and issues of significance that occurred in China during the past year and covers important developments in the domestic and foreign policy spheres.

    • ISBN 978-93-82512-24-0,
    • Price: ₹. 795/-
    • E-copy available
    2014

    PLA Asserts as Modi-Xi Jinping Talk

    PLA Asserts as Modi-Xi Jinping Talk

    The military gap between Indian and China is growing steadily as the PLA is upgrading the military infrastructure in Tibet to enable rapid deployment. China will stall resolution of the territorial dispute till it is in a much stronger position.

    September 22, 2014

    Xi Jinping Carries Out First General Rank Promotions in PLA

    In the first round of promotions to the senior-most ranks of PLA, Xi Jinping signals building a younger, technological savvy military that needs to be honest and under the control to the party.

    September 25, 2013

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