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
A Retrospective on the Study of Chinese Civil-Military Relations Since 1979: What Have We Learned? Where Do We Go?
Commentary on Civil-Military Relations in China: The Search for New Paradigms
PLA Force Structure: A 20-Year Retrospective
Compensating for Deficiencies: Doctrinal Evolution in the Chinese People's Liberation Army: 1978-1999
Commentary on Doctrine
Transformation and Refinement of Chinese Military Doctrine: Reflection and Critique on the PLA's View
Chinese Military-Technical Development: The Record for Western Assessments, 1979-1999
Comments on "China's Military-Technical Developments: The Record for Western Assessments, 1979-1999"
CAPS and the Study of the PLA: A Review Essay
Eight Points for Attention