CB 102210: China’s New Submarines and Deployment Patterns: Aimed at South China Sea?

Images and media reports about new types of submarines appearing in recent months have generated a lot of interest in China’s evolving submarine force. While the magnitude of such developments remains to be seen, since much depends on the submarines’ tested capabilities, these rare glimpses provide important clues about the development of China’s subsurface force […]

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CB 061209: PLAN Officers to Train on Brazilian Aircraft Carrier

In a May 9 interview with Brazilian defense, strategy and intelligence news website Defasanet, Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim stated that Brazil and China had reached an agreement to train personnel from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in Brazil. In the interview (available in Portuguese), Jobim announced that the two sides reached a training […]

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CB 042910: PLAN East Sea Fleet Moves Beyond First Island Chain

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) recently carried out its annual exercises far from China’s coastal waters. The flotillas of naval warships were reportedly deployed on an unprecedented scale, seemingly to demonstrate China’s emergence as a full-fledged blue water navy that is willing and capable of projecting its power into the Western Pacific. According to […]

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CB 052011: PLA Navy Expands Recruitment Drive to Enhance Operational Capability

China’s expanding maritime interests require a navy capable of executing a diverse range of missions at greater distances from Chinese territorial waters. While the PLA Navy (PLAN) has made significant progress in modernizing its forces in terms of developing new platforms and weapon systems, these assets require a highly educated and capable corps of personnel […]

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