The Chinese Army Today

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The Chinese Army Today is a completely unique and comprehensive study of all elements of the Chinese military, focusing on its ground forces to a degree not found in any other contemporary works.

In 1999, the military modernization program of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army that had been underway for twenty years increased in intensity and achieved a focus not seen in the previous two decades. Based primarily on actual Chinese sources, this book details the changes ...

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Overview

The Chinese Army Today is a completely unique and comprehensive study of all elements of the Chinese military, focusing on its ground forces to a degree not found in any other contemporary works.

In 1999, the military modernization program of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army that had been underway for twenty years increased in intensity and achieved a focus not seen in the previous two decades. Based primarily on actual Chinese sources, this book details the changes implemented since 1999 and puts them in the context of the many traditions that still remain.

Written by a retired professional military officer who has served in China, this book presents the reader with the key developments since 1999. Its discussion on training and doctrine provides a level of detail not found in other works, but is essential to understanding the progress made in China’s military modernization and the obstacles yet to be overcome. The author uses first-hand observation of the Chinese military and three decades of military experience to weave many disparate threads from official Chinese statements, documents, and media reports into an integrated whole.

This text defines exactly what forces make up the People’s Liberation Army and examines in detail ground force organization and structure, personnel policies, doctrine and training, new equipment entering the force, and missions routinely undertaken in support of society.

This is an essential book for all students and scholars of China and Asia, political science and international relations and of contemporary military affairs and strategic studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415770033
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 12/14/2005
  • Series: Asian Security Studies Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis J. Blasko is an Independent Analyst and former Senior Military Fellow, National Defense University and former Military Attaché in Beijing, China and Hong Kong.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. What is the PLA? 3. Who is the PLA? 4. Where is the PLA? 5. How Will the PLA Fight? 6. What Equipment Does the PLA Use? 7. What Does the PLA Do? 8. What Does the PLA Do? (Support to National Economy/Other Missions) 9. Assessment 10. The Ghosts of Tiananmen

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