Category Archives: CMC

China: Disquiet in the PLA?; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0099/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies A recent article in the Peoples’ Liberation Army’s (PLA) flagship newspaper, The Liberation Army Daily  (LAD) underscored the point that political correctness supersedes all else. The article was republished by other top official news media such as The People’s Daily, which is the mouthpiece of the Communist Party, and a gist of the critical elements of the message was posted on the internet. The… Read Article →

China’s 21st Century Emperor and its Implications for India; By Dr. Subhash Kapila

CAS article no. 0067/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group  China’s 21st Century Emperor emerges in the persona of President Xi Jinping who unprecedentedly in a short time-span has assumed total control of all Chinese military organs which create implications for Indian security. Historically, an essential tenet of a nation’s threat assessments emanating from its military adversary was an estimation of the character and personality traits of its Commander-in-Chief controlling the… Read Article →

Politics of China’s Military Reorganization; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0049/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies China’s President Xi Jinping, who is also the general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) chaired a path  – breaking meeting of the CMC from November 24 to 26, 2015 which brought about wide ranging structural changes in the country’s defense doctrine. The doctrinal changes have not been spelt out,… Read Article →

China’s Defence Budget 2016 – What it Spells; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0044/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group On March 5, China declared one of its lowest increase in defence budget since it started modernization under Revolution in Military Affairs (RFA).  The increase of 7.6 percent, taking defence spending for 2016 to approximately US $ 146 billion, is the first single digit increase in the last six years. Analysts are asking why this drop in the budget given the fact… Read Article →

China: Imminent Grant of “Core” Leader Status to Xi Jinping?; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no. 0027/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies Abstract On the basis of latest indicators, particularly taking into account the chances of Xi Jinping emerging as the “Core” fifth generation leader, the ongoing consolidation of political power in China by the leader can be termed as one which is almost nearing completion. At the same time, it cannot be denied that there are  problems for Xi;  in the… Read Article →

PLA Reforms – The Birth of PLA General Command, Rocket Force and Strategic Support Force; By B. R. Deepak

CAS article no:  0002/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies  On 31 December 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping conferred military flags on the newly formed People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Commands, PLA Rocket Force, and PLA Strategic Support Force, the foundation he said is aimed at ‘to realize the Chinese dream of a strong military, and a strategic step to establish a modern military system with Chinese characteristics.’ PLA Rocket… Read Article →

China: Is a Personality Cult Growing around Xi Jinping?; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no:  0044/2015 As the end of the third year of China’s top leader Xi Jinping’s ascension to power approaches and a new year is to usher in, one does not fail to see the regularly appearing evidences pointing towards not so concealed efforts to boost the image of the already all powerful leader, touching all key fields like ideology, politics, economy and military. Some analysts think that these… Read Article →