China as a “World-Class Military”

Yesterday, I testified before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which was established to review developments in China. The hearing examined the ambitions of China's People's Liberation Army's as a "world-class military." My testimony reviewed the origins of the use "world-class military" to argue that it should be viewed as a force development concept, … Continue reading China as a “World-Class Military”

Active Defense now available

My new book on China's military strategy, Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949, is now available, published by Princeton University Press. The book offers the first systematic study of the military strategies adopted by the People's Republic of China since 1949. Overall, the PLA has formulated nine military strategies, three of them which constituted … Continue reading Active Defense now available

Major Changes in China’s Military Strategy

I recently published an article in International Security on China's military strategy, entitled “Shifts in Warfare and Party Unity: Explaining China’s Changes in Military Strategy." The article contains three main points: China has adopted nine military strategies since 1949, or what the PLA calls “strategic guidelines.” The strategies adopted in 1956, 1980 and 1993 represented … Continue reading Major Changes in China’s Military Strategy

Danger at Dolam

I wrote the following op-ed, "Danger at Dolam," for the Indian Express, on July 18, 2017 *** The standoff between Indian and Chinese forces on the Dolam Plateau is entering its fourth week. India and China have both miscalculated, with potentially dire consequences. China clearly did not appreciate the sensitivity that India attaches to any … Continue reading Danger at Dolam

Standoff at the India-China-Bhutan border

For the last several weeks, Indian and Chinese forces have confronted each other near the trijunction of the Indian, Chinese and Bhutanese borders. In the interview below, I answered some questions for the Indian website Rediff News about the origins of this episode and how it might be resolved. Read the interview here.

The Certainty of Uncertainty in U.S.-China Relations

I wrote the following essay, "The Certainty of Uncertainty: U.S.-China Relations in 2017," for an ISSF Policy Roundtable on "U.S.-China Relations and the Trump Administration."  Other contributors include Dingding Chen, Mira Rapp-Hooper, Essay by Joseph Siracusa, Toshi Yoshihara and Zhu Feng. *** The Certainty of Uncertainty: U.S.-China Relations in 2017 It is probably impossible to predict … Continue reading The Certainty of Uncertainty in U.S.-China Relations