DOCSUM: China Military Organization and Reform

By Anthony H. Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy With the assistance of Joseph Kendall Published: August 1, 2016 Summarized by Guest Analyst: Taylor J. Moore Hutton URL: Executive Summary:  Significant modernization and restructuring is needed to make the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) effective in modern warfare. The PLA followed the Soviet military’s model […]

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China Fortifies Internet Great Wall

Yuhao Yang, Asia and Pacific Section Analyst 26 January 2017 Executive Summary: It is likely that Chinese government will continue to increase internet censorship through intensified regulations and increased technology. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) launched a 14-month crackdown on virtual private networks (VPN). Non-state-owned companies help the state conduct censorship. However, […]

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China Increases Pressure on Singapore over South China Sea and Taiwan

Yuhao Yang, Asia & Pacific Section Analyst 27 November 2016 Executive Summary: It is likely that China will continue to pressure Singapore over South China Sea disputes as well as Singaporean-Taiwanese military cooperation. Hong Kong seized armored vehicles of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Beijing continues its warnings against Singapore’s involvement in the South China […]

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Southeast Asia – The Islamic State’s New Front? – DOCSUM

By Joshua Kurlantzick Summarized For IO Readers by David McDonald- Link:  Executive Summary:  Given the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) losses in the Middle East, it is now focusing its sights on other parts of the globe.  Though it is focusing attacks elsewhere, ISIS’ recruitment efforts are focused on other regions of heavy […]

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