Category Archives: PLA

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 →

India – Myanmar – China Defense Relations; By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0074/2016 Courtesy: Mizzima Weekly, Issue 20, Vol. 5, May 19 2016.  Myanmar holds immense strategic significance for both India and China. China seeks to establish a stronger presence in the Indian Ocean Region and Myanmar offers a promising base. The land of the Golden Pagoda also offers a golden opportunity for China to militarily encircle India. Beijing is not concerned only about the Indian factor when consolidating… 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 →

New Capability and Reach of PLA Navy- Strategic and Tactical Implications in South China Sea and the Indian Ocean Region; By Commodore R. S Vasan IN (Retd)

CAS article no. 0032/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group The PLA- Navy continues to be in the news as China is determined to add to its growing maritime capability to build a blue water navy of form and substance.  The addition of a new assets to the PLA on a regular basis provides a power projection capability not just within the confines of the South China Seawhere it has territorial… 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: Divergence of Opinions on the Party’s Status vis-à-vis the Military and the State Constitution; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no:  0001/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies  It would be  justifiable for  analysts  to ask  following  questions concerning two aspects of the governance in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)  – firstly, when it is normal for any nation in the world to empower the State to command the military, why in China , the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)  is adamant to ‘absolutely control’ the  entire… Read Article →