Daivd Shambaugh

in Modernizing China's Military

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520225077
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938106 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter describes how the advanced weaponry used by allied forces during the Gulf War in 1991 forced China's generals to realize just how far behind modern militaries the People's Liberation Army (PLA) had fallen. In the wake of the Gulf War, PLA strategy was revised to focus on “limited wars under high-technology conditions.” Evidence of new defense policy and doctrinal initiatives, structural reforms, altered training regimen, new weapons procurement programs, and other changes became noticeable during 1995–96. These reforms had some continuity with previous programs and reforms undertaken in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but others were entirely new and could be traced to the lessons learned from the Gulf War. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Gulf War; People's Liberation Army; weapons; China; defense policy; military policy; reforms

Chapter.  4223 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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