Chern connections in the context of CR-geometry

This post is a result of several discussions with Rodion Déev.

1. Preliminaries: Chern’s theorem

Fix a complex manifold \(X\) and a complex vector bundle \(E\) over \(X\). Recall that a structure of holomorphic bundle on \(E\) is given by an operator

\[\overline{\partial}_{\mathcal{E}} \colon \Gamma (E) \to \Gamma(E \otimes \Lambda^{0,1}X)\]

which satisfies \(\overline{\partial}\)-Leibniz identity

\[\overline{\partial}_{\mathcal{E}}(fs) = f\overline{\partial}_{\mathcal{E}}(s) + \overline{\partial}(f) \otimes s\]

and the integrability condition

\[\overline{\partial}_{\mathcal{E}}^2 = 0.\]

For the …