May 18 , 2018
China’s activities in its surrounding seas may be as much a recognition of its weaknesses as an assertion of strengths. What is certain is that the East and South China Seas will continue to be sources of contention in the immediate future.
Mar 05 , 2018
China eyes a 8.1 percent boost in its defense budget this year.
Kemel Toktomushev Research Fellow, University of Central Asia
Jan 11 , 2018
Beijing has long refrained from engaging militarily beyond its borders. However, as some recent reports suggest, this situation may soon change. Ferghana News reported that China will build a military base in the northern province of Afghanistan.
Brahma Chellaney Professor, Center for Policy Research
Oct 04 , 2017
Given the rising prominence and influence of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Chinese President Xi Jinping is endeavoring to maintain a delicate balance between civil and military authority. His failure to reign in the increasingly assertive armed forces could have a significant and far-reaching impact on international relations and security.
Oct 04 , 2017
President Xi Jinping has ordered Chinese defence firms to speed up weapons development and aim to do better than the world’s most powerful militaries, a d
Cheng Li Director, Brookings Institution
Sep 18 , 2017
If many analysts prove correct in their forecasts, China’s military leadership will undergo the largest-ever turnover of military elite in the history of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the 19th Party Congress this October.
Zhou Bo Honorary Fellow, PLA Academy of Military Science
Sep 15 , 2017
The US is spending naval resources it can ill-afford patrolling the Western Pacific. These patrols serve no useful purpose and only raise the risk of conflict with the Chinese Navy.
Fernando Menéndez Economist
Aug 24 , 2017
Not possessing so much as an aircraft carrier, it was long believed that China had no intention and, more importantly, no capacity for projecting power abroad. As China becomes a global player, it is logical that Chinese military capacity be expanded to meet its obligations and interests abroad. China has already used its naval forces to protect economic interests in Africa and the Middle East.
Wu Zurong Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
Jul 28 , 2017
US Cold War mentality and zero-sum game logic are fundamentally impeding the expansion of cooperation between the two armed forces. China’s innovation and development of military equipment should not be taken as a stimulus for competition. In fact they have provided the two armed forces with new opportunities for brand-new cooperation.