This article seeks to elucidate the recent changes to the Chinese military by examining the new characteristics of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and its newly adopted approaches for modernization between 2003 and 2008. It includes diachronic discussions to explore various social and political factors for the changes, domestic and international constraints on the implementation of military modernization, and the outcomes of these endeavors. The main findings indicate that the Chinese military has changed its main feature as two important transitions have emerged: first, the PLA has been transformed from a manpower intensive army to a technology oriented force; and second, from a national security army to an internationally operated force. Consequently, the high command begins to consider the PLA as a part of the global military cooperation.
Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Chinese military, Mao Zedong, military modernization, People’s Liberation Army (PLA)
"Military Modernization and Peaceful Rising: A Harmonious Transition of the PLA into the Future,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 16:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol16/iss2/2