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The PLA at Home and Abroad: Assessing the Operational Capabilities of China's Military

Roy Kamphausen, David Lai and Andrew Scobell

Key findings from the book include:

  • Signs are emerging that the PLA is becoming more confident about its position vis-à-vis Taiwan. At the same time, China believes that a changing international environment requires the Chinese armed forces to have more diversified capabilities. It is therefore placing relatively more emphasis on developing operational capabilities for missions other than against Taiwan (e.g., humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping operations, disaster relief, antipiracy, etc.).
  • The implementation of Hu Jintao’s “New Historic Missions” also affords the PLA the opportunity to make gains in some of its traditionally weaker areas, including logistics improvement, defense industry reform, and the implementation of combined and eventually joint operations.
  • Through its 2009 Gulf of Aden antipiracy mission, the PLA Navy has shown that it is capable of undertaking certain types of operations abroad.


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George H.W. Bush

1| Introduction

David Lai

2| The People's Liberation Army and the Changing Global Security Landscape

Paul H.B. Godwin

3| Discourse in 3-D: The PLA's Evolving Doctrine, Circa 2009

Andrew Scobell

4| Changing Civil-Military Relations in China

You Ji and Daniel Alderman

5| Towards an Integrative C4ISR System: Informationization and Joint Operations in the People’s Liberation Army

Kevin Pollpeter

6| The People's Liberation Army and China’s Internal Security Challenges

Harold M. Tanner

7| Chinese Sea Power in Action: The Counter Piracy Mission in the Gulf of Aden and Beyond

Andrew S. Erickson

8| People's Liberation Army and People's Armed Police Ground Exercises with Foreign Forces, 2002-2009

Dennis J. Blasko

9| Military Exchanges with Chinese Characteristics: The People's Liberation Army Experience with Military Relations

Heidi Holz and Kenneth Allen

10| Emerging Grand Strategy for China's Defense Industry Reform

Eric Hagt

11| Taming the Hydra: Trends in China's Military Logistics Since 2000

Susan M. Puska