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Assessing the People's Liberation Army in the Hu Jintao Era

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Edited by Mr. Roy Kamphausen, Dr. David Lai, Mr. Travis Tanner.

May 2014

547 Pages

Brief Synopsis

The 2012 PLA (People’s Liberation Army) conference took place at a time when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was making its leadership transition from Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping. The conference discussion focused on the developments in China’s national security and in the PLA during the Hu Jintao Administration from 2002 to 2012. Key observations are presented in this volume. The most significant ones are Hu Jintao’s promulgation of the new Historic Missions for the PLA, and Hu’s complete handover of power to his successor. The former has turned on the green light for the PLA to go global. The latter is a milestone is the CCP’s institution building.



1. Introduction
David Lai and Roy Kamphausen

2. The “New Historic Missions”: Reflections on Hu Jintao’s Military Legacy
Daniel M. Hartnett

3. The Evolution of Core Concepts: People’s War, Active Defense, Offshore Defense
Dennis J. Blasko

4. What’s in a Name: Building Anti-Access/Area Denial Capabilities without Anti-Access/Area Denial Doctrine
Christopher P. Twomey

5. Aspiring to Jointness: PLA Training, Exercises, and Doctrine, 2008-2012
Wanda Ayuso and Lonnie Henley

6. The Role of Informatization in the People’s Liberation Army under Hu Jintao
Joe McReynolds and James Mulvenon

7. China’s Evolving Naval Strategy and Capabilities in the Hu Jintao Era
Nan Li

8. Second Artillery in the Hu Jintao Era: Doctrine and Capabilities
Michael S. Chase

9. “Who Cares if You’ve Been in a War?” Veteran Activism, State Repression, and Civil-Military Relations in Hu-Era China
Neil J. Diamant

10. Toward Strategic Leadership: Chinese Communist Party People’s Liberation Army Relations in the Hu Era
Timothy R. Heath

11. Trends in People’s Liberation Army International Initiatives under Hu Jintao
Kenneth Allen

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