China's Military Modernization: Building for Regional and Global Reach

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Until now, no single volume has provided an authoritative, comprehensive, and concise description of China's evolving geo-strategy, or detailed how China is transforming its military to carry out this strategy. This work provides background on, and an outline of, current and future issues to facilitate an understanding of the military-strategic basis and trajectory of a rising China.

Richard Fisher examines how the People's Liberation Army (PLA) remains critical to the existence...

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Overview

Until now, no single volume has provided an authoritative, comprehensive, and concise description of China's evolving geo-strategy, or detailed how China is transforming its military to carry out this strategy. This work provides background on, and an outline of, current and future issues to facilitate an understanding of the military-strategic basis and trajectory of a rising China.

Richard Fisher examines how the People's Liberation Army (PLA) remains critical to the existence of the Chinese Communist government, and how China's political and military actions are designed to protect its expanded strategic interests. In addition, he examines how the United States and other governments simultaneously seek greater "engagement" with China on strategic concerns, while also "hedging" against its rising power. Although China faces both internal and external constraints on its rise to global eminence, it cannot be denied that China's government is pursuing a far-reaching strategic agenda.

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"A must read for serious students of China's military and future strategic objectives."—ADM James "Ace" Lyons, U.S. Navy (ret.), Former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet

"Read this book...Fisher has produced the best comprehensive study of China's military modernization in a decade."—Larry M. Wortzel, Colonel U.S. Army (ret.), Vice Chairman, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804771955
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard D. Fisher is a Senior Fellow on Asian Military Affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. He is a recognized authority on the PRC military and the Asian military balance, and their implications for Asia and the United States.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Arthur Waldron vii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxi

Chapter 1 China's Strategic Challenge 1

Chapter 2 The Party Army: Pillar of China's Government 15

Chapter 3 Foreign Security Policy 40

Chapter 4 China's Military Transformation 66

Chapter 5 Military-Technical Sector Transformation 80

Chapter 6 Building for Local War Dominance 123

Chapter 7 Building for Future Power Projection 169

Chapter 8 How the CCP-PLA Challenges America and Its Allies 213

Notes 253

Index 301

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