This comprehensive study of the modern Chinese military, featuring a foreword by former President George H.W. Bush, is a product of the Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. Topics covered include: Uyghurs, the Spratly and Senkaku Islands, India and Pakistan, Taiwan, Tibet, Domestic Riots, Lhasa Riot, Weng’an Incident, Aden Mission, Somali Policy, the space sector, logistics, Chinese-Russian exercises, and more. Contents: The People’s Liberation Army and the Changing Global Security Landscape * Discourse in 3-D: The PLA’s Evolving Doctrine * Changing Civil-Military Relations in China * Towards an Integrative C4ISR System: Informationization and Joint Operations in the People’s Liberation Army * The People’s Liberation Army and China’s Internal Security Challenges * Chinese Sea Power in Action: The Counter Piracy Mission in the Gulf of Aden and Beyond * People’s Liberation Army and People’s Armed Police Ground Exercises with Foreign Forces, 2002-2009 * Military Exchanges with Chinese Characteristics: The People’s Liberation Army Experience with Military Relations * Emerging Grand Strategy for China’s Defense Industry Reform * Taming the Hydra: Trends in China’s Military Logistics Since 2000
The final years of the 2000s turned out to be quite eventful for the People’s Republic of China (PRC and China interchangeably) and its armed forces, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). While there were exciting events for them to celebrate, there were disturbing ones for them to worry about as well.
China’s economic reform and phenomenal economic development had sailed on uncharted waters for 30 years. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders could not have wished for a better occasion than the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing to celebrate their accomplishments. The Beijing Olympics ceremonies were probably the most expensive in history; but China had plenty to spend. After all, its economic development had turned it into the world’s third largest economy and trading nation, the largest holder of foreign exchange reserves and U.S. treasury bonds, and so on.
In 2009, the PRC turned 60. The CCP leaders staged a lavish celebration and held a spectacular national day armed forces parade that made similar ones in Moscow and Pyongyang look pale by comparison. “Commander-in-Chief” Hu Jintao followed the footsteps of his predecessors (the “core leaders” of the CCP’s first, second, and third generations: Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin, respectively) to review PLA troops in Tiananmen Square. The PLA took the occasion to show off its defense modernization advances since its last parade in 1999.
Also in 2009, the PLA Navy (PLAN) and PLA Air Force (PLAAF) celebrated their 60th anniversaries. The PLAAF demonstrated its new air power during the October 1 national day parade. The PLAN held its birthday party earlier in April in Qingdao, the Headquarters of its Beihai Fleet (Northern Sea Fleet). Over 200 foreign naval dignitaries, most notably the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations and the Russian Navy Commander, were invited to the celebration.
In addition to the China paper, this unique collection of American military documents provides a special view of recent Chinese military and policy developments. Contents: China Shaping the Operational Environment – A Disciple on the Path of Deception and Influence * The “People” in the PLA: Recruitment, Training, and Education in China’s 80-Year-Old Military * China’s Maritime Quest * The PLA At Home and Abroad: Assessing The Operational Capabilities of China’s Military * Arms Sales To Taiwan: Enjoy The Business While It Lasts * China’s Role In The Stabilization Of Afghanistan * The Coming of Chinese Hawks * Turkey and China: Unlikely Strategic Partners. This ebook also includes the annual U.S. intelligence community worldwide threat assessment in Congressional testimony by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.
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