Zi Yang, The Diplomat

Zi Yang

The Diplomat

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Past:
  • The Diplomat
  • Jamestown Foundation
  • Asia Times
  • The News Lens INTL

Past articles by Zi:

The Invisible Threat to China’s Navy: Corruption

The arrest of CSIC’s chairman speaks to endemic corruption among China’s military shipbuilders. That spells trouble for the PLAN. → Read More

Cracks in the System: COVID-19 in Chinese Prisons

The spread of the disease in prisons reveals flaws in China’s epidemic countermeasures. → Read More

Vostok 2018: Russia and China’s Diverging Common Interests

China and Russia are sending a message to the U.S. – and to each other – with their display of military might. → Read More

Blinding the Enemy: How the PRC Prepares for Radar Countermeasures

Information warfare and information operations constitute the foundation of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) doctrine of winning what it calls “informationized wars (信息化战争).” [1] Electronic warfare (EW), one of five pillars of information warfare, has found its way to the forefront of the PLA’s war preparation agenda. All PLA major exercises now feature significant EW components. These… → Read More

Are China’s Soldiers Psychologically Fit for Modern Wars?

An investigation of the state of mental health, and mental health services, in the People’s Liberation Army. → Read More

China’s plan for massive cyber-warrior expansion

Beijing views cybersecurity and national security as equals, and a war between China and the US, if it ever occurs, will witness many cyberspace duels → Read More

Rocket Force gaining power in China’s army-dominated PLA

Its rise is part of a grand rebalancing act, with Xi Jinping pulling the strings. But the RF's growing strategic importance is also a factor → Read More

‘Unity and victory’: 19th congress to see Xi-ism consolidated

Xi Jinping's grasp on power is complete. Now comes a celebration of his leadership as China wonders where his ideology will take it in the next five years → Read More

Ethnicity factors strongly in PLA promotions

While sweeping military change is on the cards at China's upcoming Communist Party Congress, few expect ethnic minority officers from unstable regions to make top brass → Read More

Restructure, then purge: how sheriff Xi’s PLA clean-up works

Chinese president's expanded powers over four critical military organs are key to a ruthless exercise in replacing corrupt officers with new ones who are in no doubt as to whom they owe allegiance → Read More

China’s PLA readying missiles to stun Indian air power

As tensions mount over Doklam, the Chinese high command understands India’s assumption of air supremacy and is significantly strengthening its air defense arrangements → Read More

China’s appetite for pangolins fuels an illicit trade

The endangered species is considered a delicacy among China's nouveau riche and a curative in traditional medicine, but outlawed for export under international conservation covenants → Read More

China’s appetite for pangolins fuels an illicit trade

The endangered species is considered a delicacy among China's nouveau riche and a curative in traditional medicine, but outlawed for export under international conservation covenants → Read More

All Xi’s men: China’s armies get new commanders

China’s recent confirmation of 26 new commanders for the People’s Liberation Army’s 13 group armies is another step in an ongoing shake up to strengthen the control of President Xi Jinping → Read More

President Khaltmaa Battulga, Mongolia’s pragmatist

As a candidate, the ex-businessman and star wrestler promised fairer distribution of Mongolia’s mineral wealth and less economic dependence on China → Read More

The Soft Power Limits of Chinese Theravada Buddhism

Chinese Theravada Buddhism is in no position to serve as a tool of soft power for the state. → Read More

What is China’s PLA doing in Laos?

Beijing's 'Train of Peace' mission to provide medical care to Lao armed forces was nominally a goodwill mission but underscored the country's strategic importance to China's plans for Southeast Asia → Read More

Why China’s army stocks are flat despite PLA’s growing might

August 1 – Army Day – was an occasion for Chinese chest-puffing. Investor frustration with the pace of industry reforms means the performance of the country's defense stocks remains bearish, however → Read More

Why a Lobbying Group is the Biggest Winner of China’s Latest Trade Embargo Against Myanmar

Besides being an active participant in government-led anti-smuggling operations, the China Sugar Association also fights smuggling with its own initiatives, such as offering cash rewards to anyone who turn-in a smuggler to the authorities. → Read More

Yuan the key to expansion of Sino-Russian economic ties

An inadvertent beneficiary of US/EU sanctions against Russia, China stands to gain more by working to deepen commercial ties with its neighbor → Read More