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Right Sizing the People's Liberation Army: Exploring the Contours of China's Military

Kamphausen, Roy (Editor), and Scobell, Andrew (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 1584873027 / ISBN 13: 9781584873020
Published by Strategic Studies Institute U. S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, 2007
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vi, 582 p. Figure. Endnotes. From an on-line posting: "This volume addresses how the leadership of China and the PLA view what size of PLA best meets China s requirements. Among other things, this analytical process makes important new contributions on the question of PLA transparency, long an issue among PLA watchers. Roy Kamphausen is a Senior Associate for Political and Security Affairs (PSA) at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). Mr. Kamphausen served as a U.S. Army officer, a career that culminated in an assignment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Mr. Kamphausen served two tours at the Defense Attaché Office of the U.S. Embassy in the People s Republic of China. His areas of professional expertise include China s People s Liberation Army (PLA), U.S. -China defense relations, U.S. defense and security policy toward Asia, and East Asian security issues. The above information may not be current. It was current at the time when the individual worked for SSI or was published by SSI." Very good. No dust jacket. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 70996

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Title: Right Sizing the People's Liberation Army: ...

Publisher: Strategic Studies Institute U. S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Trade paperback

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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This volume addresses how the leadership of China and the PLA view what size of PLA best meets China's requirements. Among other things, this analytical process makes important new contributions on the question of PLA transparency, long an issue among PLA watchers. A great deal of emphasis has been put on understanding not only how, but also why a military modernizes itself. Some of the determining factors are national policies and strategy, doctrine, organizational structure, missions, and service cultures. While this list is not exhaustive, it does begin to paint a picture of just how broad and deep military interests run. It is important when we look at the structure and strategy for growth within the Chinese military that we see the world as China sees it. We need to see a world in which the "Taiwan issue" as well as that of North Korea and others are not viewed as short-term concerns, but fit into how China sees itself in a long-term leadership role in the region and in the world.

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