ChinaPower hosted its fourth annual conference on December 4, 2019. The conference featured a keynote by Senator David Perdue and a postponed speech by Assistant Secretary of State David. R. Stilwell.
China is one of only nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. Although its nuclear arsenal is small relative to those of the United States and Russia, China is currently expanding and modernizing its nuclear forces. As China faces evolving security challenges, Beijing may also revise its primarily defensive nuclear strategy.
The construction of China’s third aircraft carrier appears to be progressing at Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard. Commercial satellite imagery collected on September 18, 2019 shows significant new activity since our last report in May. Click for more.
Since opening, Jiangnan has continuously engaged in the construction, maintenance, and modification of a wide range of commercial and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels. Analysis conducted by CSIS of satellite imagery from 2011 and 2018 illustrates the degree to which the shipyard’s infrastructure has developed during the intervening seven years.
Beijing has undertaken sweeping efforts to modernize its navy. Between 2014 and 2018, China launched more naval vessels than the number of ships currently serving in the individual navies of Germany, India, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Learn more with this ChinaPower exclusive.
ChinaPower hosted its third annual conference on November 29, 2018. The conference featured Senator Edward J. Markey and Admiral Philip S. Davidson as the keynote speakers.
China’s military budget provides insight into its expanding military capabilities. In terms of gauging relative military strength, defense budgets can be compared between countries and over a set period of time to assess overall trends.
Amid its ongoing economic development and military modernization, China has emerged as one of a handful of global leaders in the development of unmanned systems. As China continues to advance its UAV technology, it is poised to play a dominant role in shaping industry trends.