A statement of intention
Hello, my name is Rick and this will be my site for various matters concerning the Chinese military, also known as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
I have been a Chinese military watcher for the better side of eight years now, and in that time I have been able to closely follow a variety of seismic developments in the PLA world, from the unveiling of the J-20 stealth fighter, to the commissioning of the aircraft carrier Liaoning, to the surge in surface combatant shipbuilding we see today.
I now consider myself to be a relatively seasoned PLA watcher with a firm understanding of certain fundamentals, and I am quite involved in the PLA watching community. What is lacking is a consistent, non-sensationalized, go to site, for the newest open source intelligence PLA developments in air, naval and missile matters. While it may be ambitious for me to try and produce such a resource, I’m definitely going to try.
At present, I intend this site to have a number of subcategories:
- Weekly roundups: this will try to sum up major PLA related developments over a week.
- Profiles on various weapons systems and “subjects”: these posts will try to sum up information and the state of knowledge on various weapons systems, or the development of various subgroups within a military arm, or their recent history (such as the development of Chinese AEW&C).
- Media commentary: a lot of media commentary surrounding Chinese military matters are often based on poor understanding of certain facts, or poor logic, or both, and I will attempt to shed clarity on the subjects at hand.
This is my plan for the site at present. I think for my first post, I will produce a profile post for the 056 corvette, and work my way up from there. I will probably begin weekly roundups in the next week or so.