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

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

by Richard Fisher


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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 book examines the current and future issues impinging on that strategic evolution, in order to facilitate an understanding of the military-strategic basis for, and future trajectory of, a rising China. Fisher examines how China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) remains critical to the existence of the Chinese Communist government and looks at China's political and military actions designed to protect its expanded strategic interests. And 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804771955
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

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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