The revolution in military affairs and the evolution of China’s strategic thinking

You Ji*

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Abstract

The revolution in military affairs has inspired the People’s Liberation Army to formulate its long-term modernization guidelines. To the PLA, RMA is the world standard and future trend for a powerful military. The very fact that China has little capability to cope with an RMA-type of war prods the PLA to study RMA and to apply, where it can, its principles. China will continue to reform the PLA along the lines of RMA, gradually streamlining and digitizing its C3I systems, significantly trimming its force size and substantially restructuring its force components. Military research and development will give greater stress to new concept weapons. National defence strategy, campaign tactics, and combat principles will also be under constant review. In short, the PLA will become more open, flexible, forward-looking and, above all, more professional.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-364
Number of pages21
JournalContemporary Southeast Asia
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes

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