Brian C. Chao is Research Associate for East Asia in DGI and Researcher at the Asia-Pacific Desk for Wikistrat. Mr. Chao took his A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College, during which he served an internship with APSA/East Asia in OSD Policy. Mr. Chao is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the U.S. Naval Institute, and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.
In October 2012, most Western analysts of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were surprised when the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Military Commission (CMC) appointed General Tian Xiusi—who had served