China's Military Transformation
China's Military Transformation

Chinas military transformation is one of the major geo-strategic developments of the 21st Century. Billions of dollars are being spent modernizing The Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) as China seeks to upgrade and expand its military capabilities to rival the US.

In this cutting-edge analysis, You Ji, a leading expert on Chinas military affairs, explores the changes taking places within the PLA today, covering its ground, aerospace and maritime forces, its ability to meet asymmetric threats, and the growing role played by the Peoples Armed Police in quelling dissent in China. He shows how these transformations in personnel, technology and strategic goals are slowly driving a wedge between Chinas two most powerful institutions. Until recently, relations between the CCP and PLA were harmonious, but as the PLA becomes increasingly professionalized and autonomous so its unconditional loyalty to the ruling Party may weaken. The changing relationship between the CCP and PLA, he argues, is likely to have profound implications for Chinas own political development and the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region.

Comprehensive and incisive, this timely book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the nature and consequences of Chinas military rise.

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  • February 2016
  • 256 pages
  • 158 x 216 mm / 6 x 9 in
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  • Hardback $67.50
  • 9780745670782
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  • 9781509503346
Table of Contents
  1. Chronology
  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Abbreviations
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. Chinas Changing Civil-Military Relations
  7. 2. PLA Politics Under Jiang
  8. 3. The PLA and National Security
  9. 4. The Peoples Armed Police
  10. 5. National Defense Strategy
  11. 6. Aerospace Power
  12. 7. Chinas Deep Ocean Expansion
  13. Conclusion
  14. Notes
About the Author
You Ji is Professor of International Relations at the University of Macau
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