Category Archives: PLA

Why China can not send in the troops to Hong Kong – Howard French

China can send in heavy police or army to put down the devastating protests in Hong Kong. But that would devastate its “One Country, Two Systems” approach, and nobody – including Taiwan – would trust China again, writes veteran journalist Howard French in The Guardian.

Why Beijing does not need its newly built airport – Ian Johnson

In Southern Beijing, China is building the prestigious Beijing Daxing International Airport, due to open next September and serving up to 72 million passengers annually by 2025. But it is not only glamor being constructed, writes Beijing-based author Ian Johnson for the New York Times. If the military would not tightly control the Chinese airspace, the airport would not be needed to start with.

At the end of a century of shame – Howard French

After a century of submission under foreign powers, China is winning back its old glory, and its influence in the region and the world, writes Howard French, author of Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power at the New York Times.

What Xinjiang needs is de-escalation – Ian Johnson

While religion is getting more leeway in China, the opposite is happening for the Tibetans and Uighur, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of the upcoming book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao in the Globe&Mail. Just last week Xinjiang, home to the Uighur, saw a strong increase in security forces.

China’s gunboat diplomacy, past and present – Howard French

How do China’s current global efforts to expand its power, link to its past as a world might? Journalist Howard French explores in his new book Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power the historical roots of China’s position as a world power.

China builds amphibious Taiwan scenario – Wendell Minnick

China´s military have been building out amphibious capability for their Taiwan invasion scenario, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News, quoting an annual report by the Pentagon for the US Congress.

How a shrinking population will hit China – Howard French

China´s demographic problems might stop its economic development in its tracks, writes author Howard French in the Atlantic. Not only can China not deal with its aging population, “some Chinese experts now say that the country’s economic output may never match that of the U.S..”

Chinese fighters seen at Woody Island – Wendell Minnick

China is extending its grip on the South China Sea by stationing advanced J-11BH/BHS fighters on Woody Island. According to defense analyst Wendell Minnick those fighters can reach an additional 360 kilometers into the disputed area, he writes in Defense News.

Entering the Gulf Defense market – Wendell Minnick

China will make another effort to sell its military products in the region at the Dubai Airshow, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. While the Gulf market is attractive, China´s companies did not make many inroads yet.

New Chinese spy satellites focus on US carriers – Wendell Minnick

China will be launching soon new spy satellites that will help the country to keep a close eye at US carriers, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. Since the 1996 Taiwan Strait missile crisis, China has been investing in better ways to watch the US military.