China has evolved from a nation with local and regional security interests to a major economic and political power with global interests, investments, and political commitments. It now requires a military that can project itself around the globe, albeit on a limited scale, to secure its interests. Therefore, as Larry M. Wortzel explains, the Chinese Communist Party leadership has charged the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with new and challenging missions that require global capabilities.
Advances in technology and the development of indigenous weapons platforms in China, combined with reactions to modern conflicts, have produced a military force very different from that which China has fielded in the past. Wortzel presents a clear and sobering picture of the PLA’s modernization effort as it expands into space and cyberspace, and as it integrates operations in the traditional domains of war.
This book will appeal to the specialist in security and foreign policy issues in Asia as well as to the person interested in arms control, future warfare, and global military strategies. The book puts China’s military growth into historical context for readers of recent military and diplomatic history.
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About the Author
LARRY M. WORTZEL spent much of his thirty-two-year military career in the Asia-Pacific region, including two tours of duty as a military attaché in China. He served as director of the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College and, after retirement, as Asian studies director and vice president at the Heritage Foundation. For over a decade he has been a commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is the author or editor of ten previously published books about China. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
1 The PLA's Role in Chinas Foreign Policy 1
2 C4ISR 27
3 Naval Modernization, Strategy, Programs, and Policies 45
4 The PLA Air Force and China's Approaches to Aerospace 65
5 Modernized Ground Forces, Doctrine, and Missions 81
6 Strategic Rocket Forces, Nuclear Doctrine, and Deterrence 99
7 Space Warfare, Systems, and Space Control 117
8 Information Age Warfare and INEW 133
9 The General Political Department and Information Operations 151
10 Challenges Posed by the Chinese Military 163
Selected Bibliography 221
About the Author 239