China's Military in Transition is the most comprehensive study of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) ever published. Drawing upon a broad range of documentary sources and interviews, many of the world's leading specialists on the Chinese military provide in-depth and expert analyses of China's military modernization programme. This unprecedented volume covers many aspects of the PLA on the eve of the twenty-first century: party-army relations and the role of the PLA in domestic Chinese politics; the changing officer corps; the paramilitary People's Armed Police; troop reorganizations and the demobilization programme; the national security and defence policy decision-making processes; the military-industrial complex and
defence industrial conversion; defence finance, budget, and training; weapons procurement; nuclear force modernization; threat perceptions; power projection capabilities; and the military balance in the Taiwan Strait.
Readership: All contemporary China specialists, security experts, and those interested in the international relations of East Asia.
Edited by David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, and Director of the Gaston Sigur Center for East Asian Studies, The George Washington University, and Richard H. Yang, Chairman, Chinese Council of Advanced Political Studies (CAPS), Taiwan
"All these topics are covered extensively by some of the world's most prominent China specialists in this indispensable work." - NOD and Conversion, October 1999
"This volume with its insightful and well-edited articles is one of the few outstanding contributions on China's military, showing that China's military is becoming incresaingly better documented. The book's in-depth research will improve our understanding of China's military and the changes in its politics, professionalism, procurement and power projection. - Jorn Brommelhorster. China Information. Summer 1998."
"Virtually any question one might wish to research on the contemporary Chinese military is at least touched on. The editors also provide excellent introduction and overview of the materials presented. - H. Nelson. Choice. May 1999"
""...the book does an excellent job of what it sets out to do...the book is an excellent and necessary addition to our bookshelves." Craig A. Snyder, The Journal of Strategic Studies, March 1999"