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  • Integrated Joint Operations by the PLA: An Assessment

    In recent years the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been undergoing a series of transformations at various levels in keeping with its changed military doctrine which emphasises upon fighting `local wars under conditions of informationalisation`.

    December 11, 2011

    Soft Way to Consolidate Hard Power: China’s New ‘Low Profile' Strategy Orientation

    China learnt in 2010 that continued strategic tension with the United States provides less advantage to China’s vital interests. For consolidating a peaceful development environment, China began to reshape its rising strategy of “Low Profile with a new identity of an emerging power”. China might not satisfy the US hegemony profile, however, China is not certain nowadays that it can overcome its strategic limits and diplomatic isolation in East Asia.

    July 2011

    Revolution in Military Affairs with Chinese Characteristics

    While China’s interest in Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) dates back to the mid-1980s, the Western hi-tech precision military action in the 1991 Gulf War; the 1999 Kosovo war; the 2003 Iraq war and the continuing Afghan campaign have all convinced it to opt for the RMA, albeit within the limits of Chinese technology, organisation, and defence budget.

    July 2011

    Ukraine's Flirtation with China and Russia's Quest for a Eurasian Union

    Ukraine has resisted Russian attempts to draw it into a closer political and economic embrace and has instead explored a closer association with the EU, NATO and even China. Recent developments indicate a turnaround in the Ukrainian attitude and may portend a closer relationship with Russia and the CIS states.

    November 04, 2011

    The South China Sea Imbroglio

    Competing claims and reports of oil and gas rich fields in the South China Sea have woven a complicated web affecting the maritime security environment.

    October 14, 2011

    The Significance and Implications of Tiangong I

    China’s development of a space station is not only for the purpose of scientific experimentation but also to showcase its technological and economic strength.

    October 07, 2011

    India and the South China Seas: The Need for a Second Look

    There is no point in acting with bravado when we do not have the necessary military capacity to take on the Chinese in the South China Seas.

    September 23, 2011

    China launches a communications satellite for Pakistan

    China’s launch of Pakistan’s first communications satellite demonstrates a deepening of their technological cooperation.

    August 24, 2011

    Unrest in Xinjiang

    It remains to be seen how far China is able to manage the challenges of providing space for religious and cultural freedom while enabling equitable economic development for all ethnic groups.

    August 09, 2011

    China’s Expanding Footprint in Nepal: Threats to India

    Nepal used to be a safe zone for India. China was least interested in Nepal till 1950s. But strategic design changed once China forcefully occupied Tibet. Nehru tried to strengthen the Indian positioning in Himalayan sphere vis-àvis China. Things became more complicated once China started intruding in Nepal. This article tries to see the emerging Chinese threats from Nepal. Since 1,751 km India-Nepal border runs through 20 districts of five Indian states. The India-Nepal border is open. China has tried through its long strategy to erase Nepalese dependency on India.

    April 2011