Chinese Political Warfare in the 21st Century

Written by Russell L.C. Hsiao. One poorly understood element of Chinese military strategy in the 21st Century is political warfare. While many China-military watchers in the West possess an encyclopedic knowledge of Chinese military hardware and their attendant capabilities, few analysts have acquired an adequate understanding of political warfare as a modern Chinese political and military …

The Driving Force behind PRC’s Military Modernization

Written by Shih-yueh Yang. With its ever increasing budget and technological capabilities, the PRC’s rapid military modernization is one of the most worrying issues in the Asia-Pacific region. The standard view about this modernization is that it is driven by ongoing territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas, Taiwan and the desire and …

PLA Transformation and Global Power Shift

Written by You Ji. The Chinese military is undergoing rapid transformation simultaneously unfolding in three areas: changing civil-military relations embodied in new post-Deng patterns of PLA-CCP interaction; an organizational overhaul in terms of its personnel composition and structure; and force modernization driven by doctrinal innovation, capability enhancement and war game plans. These changes have deepened …

China and South Korea: Growing East Asian Ambitions

Written by Craig Scanlan. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Republic of Korea (ROK) have come a long way since reestablishing relations in 1992, when the ROK switched diplomatic connections from the Republic of China to the PRC. Twenty years ago, trade between the PRC and ROK totaled $6.37 billion, but today is over …

Five Misconceptions About the Chinese Military

Written by Dennis J. Blasko. The conventional wisdom about the Chinese military appears simple on the surface but becomes more complex upon closer examination. 1. China Has the World’s Largest Military That depends on what you count. China officially states the People’s Liberation Army has 2.3 million active duty personnel. That number is usually compared to …

No Game Changer, but a Great Complicator: China’s DF-21D ASBM

Written by Harry J. Kazianis. Over the last several years, a fierce debate has roared anytime the words “carrier-killer” are dropped into any news blurb, blogpost, or scholarly essay. Yet, China’s DF-21D, the world’s first anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM), suffers from a case of mistaken identity in many respects. While various scholars and pundits have classified …

Special Issue on the People’s Liberation Army

Special Issue on the PLA and China’s Foreign Relations China’s economic rise has been accompanied by a thorough modernization program for the People’s Liberation Army. Despite assurances of a ‘peaceful rise’, China’s increasing global engagements  combined with the PLA’s rapid advances in areas like precision-guided ballistic missiles, cyberwarfare and emerging ‘blue water navy’ capacity are …