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  • China's Satellite Super Factories and U.S. National Security

    By early next year, three privately owned Chinese satellite super factories, backed by billions in Yuan (CNY), will be able to produce upwards of 1,000 satellites per year. This is part of a growing trend in China. The roots of this movement date back to the release of Document 60 in 2014 encouraging private capital's participation in China's
  • 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
  • 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
  • PLA Aerospace Primer 2nd edition in Turkish

    CASI is excited to announce the first translated version of one of its publications into Turkish.  Retired Turkish Air Force Colonel Dr. Yucel Topcu worked diligently to translate our second edition of the PLA Aerospace Primer.  We are grateful for his hard work and efforts, and pleased that he thought it was so useful that it deserved to be
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • China’s Recent Ballistic Missile Defense Test May Have Actually Been an Anti-Satellite Test

         China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) publicly announced that People’s Republic of China (PRC) executed a “land-based mid-course missile intercept technology test (路基中段反导拦截技术试验)on 4 February 2021.     Although the PRC MND identified this event as a “mid-course missile interception test”, it may instead have been an anti-satellite (ASAT)
  • PLA's Science of Military Strategy (2013)

          The “In Their Own Words” series is dedicated to translations of Chinese documents in order to help non-Mandarin speaking audiences access and understand Chinese thinking. CASI would like to thank all of those involved in this effort, especially the teams from our "big brother"/ 大哥 at the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI), Project
  • Achieving the PLA's Strategic Support Force talent needs through MCF

    Successful Military-Civil Fusion integration (MCF) is key to realizing China's military space and cyber ambitions. President Xi Jinping has emphasized the importance of this objective, and the recently established People Liberation Army's Strategic Support Force (PLASSF) is a case in point. The PLASSF's recruitment policies and relationships with
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