ISSUE/POLICY BRIEFS & REPORTS

THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY (PLA)’S NEW INFORMATION SUPPORT FORCE
On April 19, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that a new People's Liberation Army (PLA) Information Support Force had been established. At the same time he announced establishment of the PLA Aerospace Support Force and PLA Cyberspace Support Force and the disbandment of the PLA Strategic Support Force (SSF). Together this constitutes the largest reorganisation of the PLA since the one effected in 2016. The reorganisation comes a month after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech to PLA and PAP Deputies attending the National People’s Congress (NPC) session on March 7, 2024. In this speech he emphasised the importance of using emerging fields and building strategic combat capabilities. Details of the leadership or specialist functions of the Forces have, however, not yet been revealed.

Mr. JAYADEVA RANADE
Jun 2024
(This Issue Brief was first published by Vivekananda International foundation (VIF))
INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING’S THREE NATION EUROPEAN TOUR
Chinese President Xi Jinping, accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan, Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member and Director of the CCP CC General Office Cai Qi and Politburo member and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, arrived in Paris on May 5, on the first leg of his carefully crafted three-nation 5-day European tour. He was received at Orly airport by French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal. It was Xi’s first trip to Europe in five years. The countries to be visited were carefully chosen with France, the most difficult, first on Xi’s itinerary. Xi would have been encouraged by German Chancellor Scholz bending his knee in Beijing in April this year, and would have thought he could build on French President Macron’s visit to Beijing in April 2023. The main aim of Xi’s tour was to tempt EU and European countries with the financial benefits of partnering with China, weaken the EU, and further its decades old effort to drive a wedge between the EU and the U.S. The spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Xi Jinping's visits as "vitally important for China’s relations with France, Serbia, Hungary and the EU at large".

Mr. JAYADEVA RANADE
May 2024
(This Issue Brief was first published by Vivekananda International foundation (VIF))
TENSIONS SHOW IN US-CHINA TIES DURING US SECRETARY OF STATE BLINKEN’S VISIT
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's three day (April 24-26) visit to Shanghai and Beijing was an apparent attempt to arrest the slide in relations and simultaneously make clear the US 'red lines'. Since Biden became US President, Blinken is the senior-most US official to visit the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Nevertheless, the visit coincided with the US authorising a US$ 90 billion aid package to Ukraine and Taiwan. China too used the visit to set out its 'red lines', restate its ambitions, and signal that it has serious reservations about US claims that it wants to stabilise relations and doesn't want to challenge its core interests or prevent China's growth.

Mr. JAYADEVA RANADE
Apr 2024
(This Issue Brief was first published by Vivekananda International foundation (VIF))
CHINA’S 14TH NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS SESSION GIVES NEW DIRECTION TO PLA
The plenary sessions of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, and the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s version of a parliament, which opened in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 4 and March 5 respectively amid high security provided a fresh thrust to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The observations by the NPC deputies and CPPCC delegates give some insight into the mood and thinking of the Chinese authorities. The NPC session (March 5-11) signalled that Xi Jinping had still further consolidated his stature as China’s preeminent leader and more firmly stamped the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s imprimatur on the state. Equally importantly, it reaffirmed China’s global leadership ambitions.

Mr. JAYADEVA RANADE
Mar 2024
(This Issue Brief was first published by Vivekananda International foundation (VIF))
CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING BOLSTERS POSITION AT NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS
The plenary sessions of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, and the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s version of a parliament, both important events in China’s political calendar opened in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 4 and March 5 respectively amid high security. The observations by the NPC deputies and CPPCC delegates give some insight into the mood and thinking of the Chinese authorities. This NPC session (March 4-11) signalled that Xi Jinping had still further consolidated his stature as China’s preeminent leader and more firmly stamped the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s imprimatur on the state. Equally importantly, it reaffirmed China’s global leadership ambitions.

Mr. JAYADEVA RANADE
Mar 2024
(This Issue Brief was first published by Vivekananda International foundation (VIF))
CHINA IS RAISING TENSIONS IN THE TAIWAN STRAIT
Tension across the Taiwan Strait has increased since Taiwan's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the Presidential elections for the third consecutive time in January 2024. The victory of the DPP's Lai Ching-te clearly signalled that the people of Taiwan do not want to reunify, or more correctly, be merged with the communist People's Republic of China. After a silence of over 25 hours during which Beijing made no comment on Lai Ching-te’s victory, it started flexing its military muscle and began sending large numbers of Navy warships and Air Force aircraft in the Taiwan Strait and around Taiwan, thereby signalling it was keeping open its military options for the reunification with Taiwan. Many of the Chinese aircraft crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait.

Mr. JAYADEVA RANADE
Mar 2024
(This Issue Brief was first published by Vivekananda International foundation (VIF))
XI JINPING REINFORCES SECURITY APPARATUS AMIDST GROWING POPULAR DISCONTENT
The slowing economy and increasing joblessness have contributed to the growing popular discontent in China. This has affected China’s entrepreneurs and there are indications that discontent has spread also to the ‘princelings’ and cadres in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The uncovering recently of corruption in the senior echelons of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and punishments to those found guilty will add to the number of discontented elements. While Chinese President Xi Jinping and the CCP leadership have been increasingly emphasising security and stability, Xi Jinping has simultaneously been strengthening China’s security apparatus.

Mr. JAYADEVA RANADE
Jan 2024
(This Issue Brief was first published by Vivekananda International foundation (VIF))
CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING BESET BY GROWING POPULAR DISCONTENT
Faced with increasing popular discontent, Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese leadership have since the 19th Party Congress in 2017 been focussed on trying to assert the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s pre-eminence in all sectors and ensure social stability. The legitimacy of the CCP and its continuance as the sole ruling party of China are the top priorities. There are various indicators that confirm popular discontent in China, including within the CCP, is rising. This has the potential to adversely impact the CCP’s leading role and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s position. China’s security apparatus has consequently been appreciably increased as reflected in the expanded budgets and leadership appointments of the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and Ministry of State Security (MoSS).

Mr. JAYADEVA RANADE
Jan 2024
(This Issue Brief was first published by Vivekananda International foundation (VIF))
INDICATION OF DISARRAY IN PLA AND IMMINENT ‘RECTIFICATION’ CAMPAIGN
The senior echelons of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) appear to be in disarray. The unexplained long absences of Central Military Commission (CMC) Vice Chairman General Zhang Youxia and sudden removal of Defence Minister Li Shangfu, both with close family ties to Chinese President Xi Jinping, has added to the state of uncertainty. Many senior officers have also in recent months been removed on charges of corruption or violation of political discipline. In addition, a usually reliable report claims that the PLA has conveyed to Xi Jinping that it is not ready for an invasion of Taiwan. It is almost certain that the PLA will be subjected to a thorough ‘cleansing’ or rectification centering on corruption and political reliability.

Mr. JAYADEVA RANADE
Jan 2024

Mr. Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS along with Dr. Abhishek Darbey, Research Fellow, CCAS presented the Directory of the People's Liberation Army, Western Theatre Command (May 2023) to Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari PVSM AVSM VM ADC on 22 June, 2023

Bio-profiles of the 24 members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s apex body, the 20th Politburo, prepared by the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy (CCAS)

Bios of The People's Liberation Army (PLA)'s Representation in the 20th Central Committee (CC) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)

Mr Jayadeva Ranade's address at the Army Commanders Conference, December 10,2022

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EVENTS


The Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pande, PVSM AVSM VSM ADC delivered the keynote address at the inaugural session of the two-day strategic dialogue in Pune on the subject 'Rise of China and Its Implications for the World' organised by the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy and the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies (DDSS) of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).

2nd STRATEGIC DIALOGUE ON RISE OF CHINA AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE WORLD: SESSION II - INAUGURAL, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, DDSS SPPU, Mar 28, 2023

2nd STRATEGIC DIALOGUE ON RISE OF CHINA AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE WORLD : SESSION I - INAUGURAL, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, DDSS SPPU, Mar 27, 2023


Rise of China and Implications for the World co-hosted with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung India, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Pune University and Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies from 10-12 April 2022 in Pune





Seminar organised by the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy (CCAS) and Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies (CASS) on 'India-China Relations in the Twenty First Century : Challenges and Opportunities' held on 03rd March 2020. The event was supported by ICWA and also by Maharashtra Education Society, Pune on 3 March 2020.

Seminar organized by Centre for China Analysis and Strategy & Delhi Journalists Association titled 'Understanding China's Rise' held at IIC on 28 February 2020.

CCAS EXPERTS IN MEDIA


Xi keen on consolidating bilateral ties to divide EU, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, May 23, 2024

Galwan And After: Reality Check On India-China Relations, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Strategic News Global, May 13, 2024

Blinken’s China visit brings to the fore bilateral tensions, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, May 04, 2024

Xi keen on bolstering armed forces for warfare, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Apr 17, 2024

Does The US Have Stomach For A War: China Is Asking, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Strategic News Global, Apr 14, 2024

Anti-Xi rumour mill goes into overdrive, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Mar 28, 2024

Covertly And Overtly, China Readies To Merge Taiwan With The Mainland, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Strategic News Global, Mar 12, 2024

China’s leadership glosses over growing popular discontent, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Mar 09, 2024

What is China Trying to Do with Bharat | How Desperate is Xi Jinping, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Feb 03, 2024

Xi struggles to eradicate corruption from PLA, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Feb 03, 2024

A Special interview | EFA student | Mr. Jayadeva Ranade | BLF 2024 | Bhopal, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, EFA School Media, Jan 20, 2024

China keen to boost foreign investment in Tibet, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Dec 14, 2023

Xi aims to tightly control financial sector, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Nov 24, 2023

Hope floats for a thaw in China-US relations, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Nov 02, 2023

CHANAKYA DEFENCE DIALOGUE: CURTAIN RAISER, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Oct 26, 2023

Israel-Hamas War: For the Chinese, Hamas clearly not a terrorist organisation, Namrata Hasija, Research Fellow, CCAS, Moneycontrol, Oct 13, 2023

Chinese President running up against domestic headwinds, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Sep 23, 2023

The curious case of disappearances in the Chinese Communist Party, Namrata Hasija, Research Fellow, CCAS, Moneycontrol, Sep 18, 2023

Chinese President Xi Jinping Cancels Visits Abroad Because Of Political Instability At Home, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Strategic News Global, Sep 3, 2023

Is Xi Jinping Destroying China | Can the CCP Save Itself , Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Aug 14, 2023

Qin Gang case points to political discord in China, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Aug 05, 2023

A Shanghai Contradiction Organisation – Let’s call it what it is, Namrata Hasija, Research Fellow, CCAS, Moneycontrol, Jul 06, 2023

The India-China Equation:Challenges and the Way Forward|Ep38|Nation-State Dialogue|民族国家对话|राष्ट्र..., Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Jul 05, 2023

Blinken’s China visit offers little hope of easing strained ties, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Jun 28, 2023

Galwan: China’s cultural, admin footprint in border areas growing, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Times of India, Jun 24, 2023

China as a model for path to modernisation, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Jun 07, 2023

Xi's new slogans to concretise his leadership, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, May 04, 2023

Any Chinese Overture Should Be Seen As A Tactical Move, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Strategic News Global, Apr 21, 2023

Growing Taiwan-US relations rile Beijing, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Apr 12, 2023

Xi’s Moscow Visit: A weakened Russia in China’s orbit narrows India’s geopolitical options in Asia, Namrata Hasija, Research Fellow, CCAS, Moneycontrol, Mar 24, 2023

China May Be Loud Against Groupings Threatening Its Reach, But Hasn't Proposed De-Escalation Either, Namrata Hasija, Research Fellow, CCAS, The Wire, Mar 23, 2023

Xi firmly at the helm amid China’s tough times, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Mar 21, 2023

China’s Increased Attention to Tibet’s Borders With India, Apa Lhamo, Research Fellow, CCAS, The Diplomat, Mar 04, 2023

Kashmir issue needs no foreign intervention, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Feb 25, 2023

Despite dissatisfaction, Xi consolidates power, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Feb 7, 2023

Strategic Challenges India in 2030 in conversation with Bhuvan Lall | IBLF 2023 - Gurugram Chapter, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Business world, Jan 23, 2023

The great wall of Chinese antagonism | Jayadeva Ranade on security in India@2023, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, India Today, Jan 14, 2023

India needs to double down on its China policy, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Jan 7, 2023

All's not well in China, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Dec 20, 2022

Unrest in China goes beyond Covid protests, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Dec 03, 2022

Xi Not Comfortable Taking On U.S., Will Be Aggressive Towards India, Taiwan, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Strategic News Global, Nov 14, 2022

Which way China will go, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Oct 18, 2022

Xi Jinping and the portends for his third term, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, News9live, Oct 15, 2022

Xi Jinping is NOT under house arrest - likely to win 3rd term: Indian experts, Namrata Hasija, Research Associate, CCAS, Citti Media, Oct 14, 2022

Sense Of Inevitability As China Party Congress Begins, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Strategic News Global, Oct 11, 2022

Are Xi's Policies Disastrous For China?, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Rediff News, Sep 21, 2022

Xi strengthens Western Theatre Command, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Sep 19, 2022

Another Round Of Disengagement At LAC: Why Now & What Next?, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Strat News Global, Sep 13, 2022

China steps up bid to woo Nepal’s Buddhists, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Sep 7, 2022

Tough Road Ahead For Xi Jinping, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Rediff News, Aug 26, 2022

Xi pulls out all stops to seek another term, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Aug 20, 2022

PRC a divided on military reunification of Taiwan, Namrata Hasija, Research Associate, CCAS, Sunday Guardian, Aug 7, 2022

In dire straits: How Taiwan’s fate is closely linked with China’s internal political churn, Namrata Hasija, Research Associate, CCAS, Firstpost, Aug 6, 2022

China wary of Indian influence in Nepal, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Aug 2, 2022

Uplift border villages with holistic approach, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Jul 18, 2022

Shyam Saran's book 'How China Sees India and the World' traces interaction between the two countries, Jayadeva Ranade, President, CCAS, Tribune India, Jul 10, 2022





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