Song Zhongping

Song Zhongping

Adjunct professor, commentator

Song Zhongping is an adjunct professor and Phoenix Television's commentator and host. He graduated from the PLA Second Artillery Engineering University (now known as the PLA Rocket Force University of Engineering), and is the author of numerous military books.

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Marine Corps are seen in training in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China, 20 July 2017. (Stringer/File Photo/Reuters)

Chinese academic: Why the PLA conducts simultaneous exercises across different territorial waters

The PLA must guard against the US trying to keep it busy by creating several battlegrounds at the same time, says military affairs commentator Song Zhongping. To be best prepared, the PLA should view the threats from the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea in toto and plan accordingly. This will help them to have more options at their disposal and to de-escalate conflicts as they arise.
US President Donald Trump reacts during a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, US, on 2 March 2020. (Carlos Barria/File Photo/Reuters)

US rallying 'wolfpack' to contain China, but will it work?

China has drawn a lot of flak recently for its aggressive and brash approach known as “wolf-warrior diplomacy”. But wolfish talk of another kind is making the news: the idea that the US is the “alpha wolf” or leader of the pack that is forging a global coalition against China. Not only that, like a wolfpack, such a coalition threatens to encircle and pounce on China at the right moment. Are these fears unwarranted?
This file photo taken on 1 October 2019 shows military vehicles carrying HHQ-9B surface-to-air missiles participating in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. (Greg Baker/AFP)

Revival of nuclear competition: How should China respond?

As the US and Russia take a more hawkish stance in developing their nuclear capabilities, China may get caught in the fray in this dangerous arena of nuclear power one-upmanship, says Chinese military affairs commentator Song Zhongping. He fears that the US will break its own rules by carrying out traditional nuclear weapon testing, thereby spurring a domino effect.
Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) march in formation past Tiananmen Square during the military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing, China, on 1 October 2019. (Jason Lee/File Photo/Reuters)

Arm wrestling in silence: China-US military scorecard under the shadow of the pandemic

Amid reports of being handicapped due to Covid-19 quarantines, the US military presses on to make its presence felt in the airspace near the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea. Chinese military commentator Song Zhongping says that despite these displays, the Chinese PLA has the distinct upper hand, being trained to handle the full scope of military operations including the outbreak of infectious diseases.