Accession Number : ADA308429

Title :   China's Strategic View: The Role of the People's Liberation Army.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Dreyer, June T.

PDF Url : ADA308429

Report Date : 25 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : The author argues that the armed forces of China, although large, simply are not capable today of militarily endorsing the kind of actions recently undertaken in the Taiwan Straits and the Spratly Islands. The PRC's actions may be eliciting equal and opposite reactions from Asian nations that feel their interests are being threatened. She believes the People's Liberation Army is unable to support the kind of assertive foreign policy that might lead to war, especially one between China and a major military power. The author provides a good overview of the current and projected strengths of the PLA's land, sea and air forces.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *CHINA, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), FOREIGN POLICY, USSR, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, POLITICAL SCIENCE, NATIONAL SECURITY, LEADERSHIP, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, JAPAN, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, THREAT EVALUATION, SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES, MILITARY BUDGETS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MILITARY DOWNSIZING, BURMA, STRATEGIC AREAS, INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE