Sandeep Jain writes: To an extent this initial presence has the potential to become a precursor to a more permanent deployment over a period of time. The host countries would therefore be well advised to weigh all options carefully before going into any such agreement.
Sandeep Jain writes: The initiative by Xi Jinping is all about modernisation of PLA with a view to make it a world class fighting force. It also reflects the changing perception about the type of conflicts the PLA is likely to participate in the future.
Sanjay Kumar writes: Even if laser weapons make it into the theatre of war in the 2020s, they’ll only be used to target incoming projectiles or unmanned vehicles for the foreseeable future, as Geneva Conventions restricts the use of directed energy or blinding laser weapons against human beings.
Sandeep Jain writes: There has been a lot of debate about the ongoing PLA modernisation and downsizing which was announced by President Xi Jinping recently. The predominant view is that this is with an aim to increase the party’s hold on PLA.