Accession Number : ADA307331

Title :   Operational Art in Modern Chinese Warfare.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Ofstedal, Peter R.

PDF Url : ADA307331

Report Date : 12 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : This paper investigates the Chinese concept of operational art in tne twentieth century. A dichotomy has traditionally existed in Chinese doctrine which professes a lead-power status in Asia while emphasizing anti-professionalism in the military. This political- military relationship has severely limited the PLA to function effectively at the operational level of war for past and possibly future power protections operations. This paper will examine the limitations that traditional Chinese military dogma and Maoist doctrine has placed on the PLA's operational level of war capabilities in conventional campaigns beyond China's borders. This impact will be assessed in the Korean War (1950), the Sino-Indian War (1962), and the Sino-Vietnam War (1979) case studies. Finally, the lessons China learned from these wars and resulting revisions of its military will be provided for assessment purposes in operational planning.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *CHINA, WARFARE, LESSONS LEARNED, CASE STUDIES, PLANNING, KOREA, ASIA.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE