Seeking Truth From Facts

A Retrospective on Chinese Military Studies in the Post-Mao Era

Edited by James C. Mulvenon, Andrew N. D. Yang

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This edited volume contains full-length papers given at a conference jointly sponsored by the RAND Center for Asia-Pacific Policy and the Taiwan-based Chinese Council for Advanced Policy Studies. The conference brought together many of the nation's top experts to assess trends in Chinese civil-military relations, force structure, doctrine, and capabilities over the past 20 years, as well as the state of the China military studies field. The book thus provides a comprehensive retrospective of Western research on the People's Liberation Army in the last quarter of the 20th century.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1

    A Retrospective on the Study of Chinese Civil-Military Relations Since 1979: What Have We Learned? Where Do We Go?

  • Chapter 2

    Commentary on Civil-Military Relations in China: The Search for New Paradigms

  • Chapter 3

    PLA Force Structure: A 20-Year Retrospective

  • Chapter 4

    Compensating for Deficiencies: Doctrinal Evolution in the Chinese People's Liberation Army: 1978-1999

  • Chapter 5

    Commentary on Doctrine

  • Chapter 6

    Transformation and Refinement of Chinese Military Doctrine: Reflection and Critique on the PLA's View

  • Chapter 7

    Chinese Military-Technical Development: The Record for Western Assessments, 1979-1999

  • Chapter 8

    Comments on "China's Military-Technical Developments: The Record for Western Assessments, 1979-1999"

  • Chapter 9

    CAPS and the Study of the PLA: A Review Essay

  • Chapter 10

    Eight Points for Attention

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