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  • Beijing’s ‘New Normal’ in the Skies around Japan

    At the beginning of March, it was reported that Japan’s Defense Ministry has been limiting the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) scrambling of aircraft. The JASDF has been scrambling its aircraft many times more than the U.S. Air Force and the air forces of NATO do, raising the possibility that this relatively small air force would exhaust
  • 70 Years of the People's Liberation Army Air Force

    For those of you who have the privilege of knowing the great Ken Allen, this book will come as no surprise. For those of you who don’t know Ken personally, trust me when I say he has dedicated his life to the study of the People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force (PLAAF). In many cases, such a statement would be hyperbole, in this case it is the flat
  • CASI quarterly update #1 for 2021

    CASI Quarterly update#1 for 2021Friends of CASI,As we welcome Spring, we’d like to update you on CASI’s publications, research, and activities for 2021 so far.   Current Research Joint project with JASDF Center for Air and Space Power Strategic Studies, focused on air threats to Japan Joint project with Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI),
  • China's System: Face to Face - In their Own Words

    This book closely focuses on studying, propagating, and implementing the spirit of the 4th Plenary Session of the Party’s 19th Central Committee and provides an in-depth explanation in simplified terms of major issues regarding upholding and improving the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics and advancing the modernization of China’s
  • How China Has Integrated Its Space Program Into Its Broader Foreign Policy

    The way that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is governed allows it to pursue a more holistic approach to policy. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) not only controls the government, but also has a presence in every major organization, including economic, technical, and academic entities. Consequently, China is able to pursue not only a “whole
  • PACAF's State of the Game

    In this new era of strategic competition, State of the Game aims to increase PACAF’s collective understanding of the PRC and the Indo-Pacific region. The May issue delves into disinformation about COVID-19 and the May Fourth Movement and how it sets the stage for current CCP-led nationalism. Topics are relevant to all PACAF Airmen and range from
  • Political Commissars of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force

    Knowing one’s counterparts, who they are, how they got there, and who their replacements might be, is important to both leadership and organizations alike. This report provides an overview of the political commissars of the PLA Air Force and is a companion to CASI’s report on the commanders of the PLAAF.This report provides an overview of his
  • In Their Own Words- Stanford-New America DigiChina Project

    Not a CASI product, but of great use to the China research community, the Stanford-New America DigiChina Project is a collaborative effort to understand China’s digital policy developments, primarily through translating and analyzing Chinese-language sources. Focuses include data governance, artificial intelligence, internet law, and technology in
  • In Their Own Words- New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan

    From the team at New America:On July 20, China's State Council issued a seminal document, entitled A Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan. This important aspirational document sets out a top-level design blueprint charting the country's approach to developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology and applications, setting
  • 2019 China’s National Defense in the New Era

    In July 2019, the The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published its defense white paper titled "China's National Defense in the New Era".  The major contents include  views on the International Security Situation, China’s Defensive National Defense Policy in the New Era, Fulfilling the Missions and Tasks of
  • Military-Civil Fusion Lexicon

    This paper is intended as a reference guide for the group of terms frequently used in Chinese official discourse to describe the practice of civil military integration and civil military relations in China.  Although military-civil fusion (MCF) was elevated to a national strategy under Xi Jinping, each generation of leaders of the Chinese Communist
  • Select Translations of the Draft China’s 14th Five-Year Plan and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035

    This is a collection of three-part series originally published at the Pekingnology newsletter by Zichen Wang, an employee of Xinhua News Agency, China’s state news agency. It is a DRAFT, meaning the underlying Chinese version is the version submitted to the National People’s Congress (NPC), NOT the APPROVED/FINAL version. The chances are by the
  • In Their Own Words- Report on the Work of the Government 2021

    Delivered at the Fourth Session of the 13th National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China on March 5, 2021Li Keqiang Li KeqiangPremier of the State Council Premier of the State CouncilClick here for the full report (in English)
  • PLA Army Air Defense Units Improve Effectiveness, Resiliency, and Jointness

    Between October and November 2020, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) published a series of news reports about the 80th Air Defense Brigade of the PLA Army (PLAA), news reports that featured improvements to the unit’s technology and modes of operation. Three of those improvements are of particular significance because they likely indicate
  • China’s Ground Segment: Building the Pillars of a Great Space Power

    Space has long been important to national security.  Dating back decades, the “Space Race” was not just about the ideological competition between the communist Soviets and the free West, it had real world national security implications.  That is even more true today.  As technology has advanced and the cost of entry into space has plummeted, what
  • In Their Own Words- Report on the Cybersecurity Legislation of Major European Countries

    This is a report from Fudan University, Shanghai, China.  The report is from Oct 2020.  Please click here for the full report in EnglishAs important cyberspace actors, China and Europe are key to building a global governance system in cyberspace. China is the fastest-growing newcomer in cyberspace, while Europe has the highest Internet penetration
  • In Their Own Words- The Clean Network

    This is a report from Fudan University from Sept of 2020.  Please click here for the full report  The first part of the report is in Mandarin, the English version starts on page 46.In June 2020, the United States State Department unveiled its Clean Network program, which consists of a series of comprehensive measures, including the establishment of
  • Initial Fighter Pilot Training in the PLA Air Force

    At the beginning of the 2010s, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) program for the initial training of fighter pilots had three problems. First, the program was inordinately long and gradual. Second, the PLAAF lacked an advanced trainer aircraft that was suitable for training pilots who would eventually operate an
  • In Their Own Words- China Coast Guard Law

    Click here for PDF: Coast Guard Law of the People's Republic of China(Announced at the 25th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress on January 22, 2021)Table of ContentsChapter One General PrinciplesChapter Two Institutions and ResponsibilitiesChapter Three Marine SecurityChapter Four Maritime Administrative Law
  • Commanders of the PLA Air Force

    In the era of great power competition, it is important to understand all of the actors. Not just organizations and structure, but people as well. On 27 August 2017, Lieutenant General Ding Laihang became the 12th Commander of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force (PLAAF) since 1949. He received his third star with the rank of General in July
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