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US publishes China toolkit to keep pace with defence tech

Two pilots assigned to a regiment of the Naval Aviation University salute to the ground crew during a flight training exercise in early February, 2023. Photo: Xu Yinglong.

The US Department of Air Force has launched a new China toolkit to help personnel keep pace with vehicles, ideology, and information on China.

The US Department of Air Force has launched a new China toolkit to help personnel keep pace with vehicles, ideology, and information on China.

The toolkit was developed by Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) and published online on March 8 this year.

It contains a repository of Department of Defense and external videos, presentations, articles, and studies on China, the Chinese Communist Party, and the People’s Liberation Army.

Air Force Chief of Staff General CQ Brown Jr said the Department of Air Force launched the toolkit as a supplemental resource for commanders to tailor training specifically oriented to United States challenge.

“Understanding China is the pacing challenge as articulated in the National Defense Strategy, we must accelerate learning across the Air Force to stay ahead of the pace,” said GEN Brown.

From the toolkit, it’s envisioned that leaders will be able to make informed decisions and determine limitations, opportunities, and challenges in competition.

The China toolkit has access to the CASI primer and China 101 brief explaining trends in China’s military air, space, and missile forces; diplomatic, informational, military and economic spectrum; a People’s Liberation Army breakdown per service; PLA capabilities and threats videos and overviews, and an “In their own words” series of Chinese transcribed publications as well as think tank products.

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