Category Archives: China

PLAN Vessels Mobilize in South China Sea: A Timeline

Almost fifty People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels were mobilized in the South China Sea not far from Hainan Island, satellite imagery acquired in late March by Planet Labs confirms. Hainan Island is host to China’s strategic base for military … Continue reading

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Power Plays in the Indian Ocean: The “Great Game” Goes to Sea?

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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Soar Dragon UAVs Deploy to Yishuntun Airbase

New satellite imagery acquired on 04FEB2018 by DigitalGlobe shows that China has deployed the Guizhou Aviation Industry Group (GAIG) Xianglong (Soar Dragon) high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Yishuntun airbase in Jilin province. The platform, identified by … Continue reading

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54. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz – Schwierige Zeiten für Rüstungskontrolle und nukleare Abrüstung

Der diesjährige Munich Security Report — ein Grundlagenpapier, welches vor der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz veröffentlicht wird — zeichnet ein düsteres Bild der Weltlage auf. Der mit der Wahl von US-Präsident Donald Trump vollzogene ideologische Rückzug der USA wird langfristige Konsequenzen auf … Continue reading

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PAF Has Operated AVIC’s Wing Loong I Since 2015

A review of commercial satellite imagery acquired between 2015 and 2017 by DigitalGlobe confirms that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is operating the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) Wing Loong I medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Imagery shows … Continue reading

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IAF Su-30MKI Deploy to Hasimara

Due to ongoing tensions with China, the Indian Air Force has deployed a flight of at least four Su-30MKI Flanker multi-role fighter to Hasimara, the nearest Indian airbase to the recent Doklam standoff. Commercial imagery first captured the aircraft in … Continue reading

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India’s Strategic Situation in Doklam: a Rout or a Rut?

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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China’s Shigatse Gets New Infrastructure

Satellite imagery has revealed some new developments at the Shigatse civil-military airfield, the closest People’s Liberation Army Air Force deployment near the disputed Doklam plateau. Sentinel 2 imagery captured on 11 November 2017 shows continued progress on a new runway … Continue reading

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Shigatse During the Doka La Standoff

A couple weeks back, we jumped over the border and looked at India’s Hasimara airbase. This week we go back and touch on China’s Shigatse, a civil-military airfield less than 160 km west of Lhasa. Commercial imagery acquired during July … Continue reading

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India’s Hasimara During the Doka La Standoff

Last week we looked at the Gonggar civil-military airfield, one of China’s closest to the Doka La standoff. In this post, we’ll look at India’s Hasimara, an airbase in West Bengal about 80km southeast of the crisis. Recent commercial imagery … Continue reading

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