Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS. Ashley Hess is a nonresident James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellow at Pacfic Forum CSIS. Nicholas S. Yarosh is a program manager at the Potomac Foundation.
Chinese Military Modernization and Force Development: A Western Perspectiveby Anthony H. Cordesman
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China’s military development has become a key focus of US security policy as well as that of virtually all Asia-Pacific states. This report from the CSIS Burke Chair in Strategy examines trends in Chinese strategy, military spending, and military forces based on Chinese defense white papers and other official Chinese sources; US reporting by the Department of Defense and other defense agencies; and other government sources, including Japanese and Korean defense white papers and the International Monetary Fund. The analysis also draws on the work of experts outside of government, various research centers, and nongovernmental organizations.
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