Key Functions of the China Aerospace Studies Institute

A giant electronic screen displays the mission operation information of China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe as researchers work at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center, in Beijing

Inside the Beijing Aerospace Control Center

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CASI aims to fill a niche in the China research community by providing high quality, unclassified research on Chinese aerospace developments in the context of U.S. strategic imperatives in the Asia-Pacific region.

In pursuit of this goal, CASI supports four key functions:

Publish Original Research Products on Chinese Aerospace Development

CASI's products are composed of long research reports as well as short, readily digestible research briefings based on open-source materials. CASI publications are made available to the public through this website.

Host an Annual China Aerospace Conference

CASI hosts an annual conference on Chinese aerospace developments that showcases the research conducted by CASI analysts. The conference assembles individuals inside both the Air Force and Department of Defense as well as constituents from think tanks and academia to discuss key themes in Chinese aerospace developments. This year's conference is Chinese Aerospace Power Projection Development and Execution.

House a China Aerospace Library

CASI maintains a virtual and a brick-and-mortar library of unclassified written materials in English and Chinese relating to all aspects of Chinese aerospace developments and Chinese military thought. Materials include books, newspapers, and magazines.

Provide Education and Mentoring Opportunities

CASI aims to serve as a source of expertise that the USAF can draw upon to increase understanding of Chinese aerospace developments. This includes providing mentorship opportunities for USAF officers and civilians with an interest in Chinese aerospace issues to conduct intensive research and work directly with CASI analysts.