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Doctrine and Training

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225077.003.0003
Doctrine and Training

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This chapter discusses the substantial evolution and thoroughgoing revision of People's Liberation Army (PLA) war-fighting doctrine, strategy, tactics, and training in recent years, showing in particular that Chinese military analysts have a good grasp of contemporary military affairs. They know all the buzzwords and concepts, and write a substantial amount on the subject. In the past few years, this awareness has spread from a handful of military research institutes into the force structure more generally. However, there remains a large gap between the theory and aspirations of the PLA's new doctrine of fighting “limited wars under high-technology conditions” and its actual capabilities. PLA leaders and analysts are also clearly and painfully aware of their military's limitations.

Keywords: People's Liberation Army; defense doctrine; military strategy; military training; military modernization; high-technology conditions

Chapter.  21316 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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