Force capabilities, structure, and operational concepts of the People’s Liberation Army

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Data Projects:

IISS Military Balance
The Military Balance is the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual assessment of the military capabilities and defense economics of 171 countries worldwide. There is also an online database, Military Balance+. These resources require a paid subscription.

SIPRI Arms Transfers Database
The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database contains information on all transfers of major conventional weapons from 1950 to the most recent full calendar year. The database can be used to generate detailed written reports (trade registers) and statistical data (trend indicator values, TIV).

SIPRI MIlitary Expenditure Database
The SIPRI Military Expenditure Database contains consistent time series on the military spending of countries. The database is updated annually, which may include updates to data for any of the years included in the database.

SIPRI Arms Industry Database
The SIPRI Arms Industry Database contains information on arms-producing and military services companies. It includes public and private companies, but not manufacturing or maintenance units of the armed services.

ASPI China Defence Universities Tracker
ASPI’s China Defence Universities Tracker is a database of Chinese institutions engaged in military or security-related science and technology research.

NBR & Sasakawa USA: Maritime Awareness Project
The National Bureau of Asian Research & Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA’s Maritime Awareness Project features an interactive map on the maritime issues and disputes in the Asia-Pacific region.

CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Intiative
The CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) is an interactive source for information, analysis, and policy exchange on maritime security issues in Asia. Features include: interactive maps, including South China Sea Energy Exploration and Development and a South China Sea Island Tracker database.

CSIS China Power Project
The CSIS China Power Project examines the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries on five interrelated categories of Chinese power: military, economics, technology, social, and international image.

Air University's China Aerospace Studies Institute
Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) conducts research on the capabilities, development, operating concepts, strategy, doctrine, personnel, organization, and limitations of China’s aerospace forces. CASI’s In Their Own Words features translations of Chinese documents.

Papers and Reports:

Estimating the Arms Sales of Chinese Companies by Dr. Nan Tian and Fei Su, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (January 2020).

PRC Budget in Context: Under-Reporting, Differing Standards and Economies by Frederico Bartels, The Heritage Foundation (March 25, 2020).

A blog run by Dr. Andrew Erickson, Professor of Strategy in the U.S. Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute, that focuses on China analysis from original sources.