China Geopolitical Watch – From 25 March to 31 March 2023

Watch contributors: Thomas Taochy, Protasius Isyudanto, Marie Corcelle, Emilien Kauffman, supervised by Anna Balawender

The files we follow: China’s relations with the United States, Russia, Central Asia and Africa; Taiwan situation, Chinese military expansion and demonstrations in the South China Sea; News of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and the Chinese involvement with and within the major international organizations.


– China – Russia and Central Asia Relations, Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia – Emilien Kauffmann

– After the remarqued visit of President Xi Jinping to the Kremlin, the armies of both countries are evolving. Indeed, we can observe an inverse progression of the state of the armies for each country. While the resources of the Russian Grand Army are dwindling, China is investing more than ever in its army; Beijing announced in early March a 7.3% increase in the military budget. It is important to recall the reform taken in 2016 of the Chinese military, according to two objectives: streamlining and reducing its chain of command in parallel with increased political control over the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

China has long been Russia’s military customer. It has largely procured its war materiel from the Russian defense industrial and technological base, after which China has extended

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