Issue 2: China's Military Power Report (2019), Type 002, Embracing AI, and more
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Decoding China's Military Power
The Department of Defense of the United States submitted an annual report to the Congress on the ‘Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China 2019.’ This is an annual exercise, which has started 18 years ago since 2001. Over the years, the China Military Power report has traced the developments of the Chinese Armed forces and evolution of its doctrinal approach. The report this year, highlights that China has benefited from ‘the period of strategic opportunity’ in the first two decades of the 21st century. According to the President Xi Jinping, the country aims to build a ‘world class military’ by 2049. In the process of becoming a world class military, the People’s Liberation Army would attain complete modernisation by 2035, said Xi. The report highlights that China is heading towards its aim of rapid modernisation, across both conventional (army, navy, air force) and unconventional (space, cyber) domains.