In August 2023, Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to South Africa to attend the 15th BRICS Summit. Analyzing the summit, ChinaPower’s Brian Hart argues China scored diplomatic successes while also stumbling from self-inflicted setbacks.
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Misinformation has spread online about China’s third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, with netizens posting images that purportedly show large cracks in the vessel’s deck. This ChinaPower analysis uses satellite imagery to debunk these claims.
As part of ongoing efforts to modernize China’s navy, work is currently underway to transform Shanghai’s Changxing Island into a colossal “shipbuilding base.” Satellite imagery shows the island’s facilities are being rapidly expanded to make room for the relocation of another shipyard.
Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) violations have become Beijing’s most frequently used method of applying “gray zone” pressure against Taiwan. In this article, guest author Ben Lewis analyzes key trends in China’s ADIZ violations in 2022.
Satellite imagery reveals that China is investing in a significant, long-term military presence near Pangong Tso, a remote lake that straddles the hotly contested China-India border.
Xi Jinping’s report to the 20th Party Congress heralds a doubling down on his assertive approach to foreign policy and a growing focus on national security in the face of mounting external threats.