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Issue Brief XIII: The Evolving PLAAF Infrastructure in Western Theatre Commands

By Gokireddy Hima Bindu

Guided by Maj.Gen.Rajiv Narayanan AVSM VSM (Retd), Former ADGMO Army Headquarters, Former Defense Attache, Embassy of India, Tajikistan

Issue Brief: 13/2023

C3S launched its Issue Brief initiative. An issue brief is a summary of the knowledge surrounding an issue or a problem. It summarizes the issue by giving clear, concise, and complete information describing all facets of a particular issue including a detailed illustration in the form of images, data, and facts. It also includes recommendations for action and predictions on the future course of an issue.


In the recent decades, the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has undergone a remarkable transformation. This paper analyses China’s air power capabilities in the Western Theatre Command (WTC), the evolving infrastructure and the implications it holds for India. It aims to study the recent infrastructure development in the WTC. This development has far-reaching implications for India and has potential to alter the regional military balance of power. Therefore, understanding the evolving PLAAF infrastructure in the WTC and its implications for India is crucial for assessing the future challenges.

Keywords: China’s airpower, PLAAF, WTC, India, infrastructure development

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(Ms. Gokireddy Hima Bindu is a research intern at C3S. The views expressed by the author does not reflect the views of C3S.)

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