PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY AFTER NEXT Edited by Susan M. Puska Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College August 2000 - An analytical schism has developed over differing assessments of China's military modernization. Underlying this debate are at least two key questions. First, will the ongoing China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) modernization provide China with significant offensive power projection and/or preemptive capability? If so, by when? Second, does the pace and success of China's military modernization constitute a threat to the United States and/or its friends and allies in the Asia-Pacific region?
THE IMPACT OF FOREIGN WEAPONS AND TECHNOLOGY ON THE MODERNIZATION OF CHINA'S PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY by Richard D. Fisher, Jr. Center for Security Policy A Report for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission January 2004 - While the ability of China's People's Liberation Army to absorb and use foreign military technology has been judged in the past to be fair to mediocre, this study, in two parts offers new observations and conclusions. Starting from the fact that the People's Republic of China is now the world's largest importer of weapons and military technologies, its ability to sustain this buying binge is having new cumulative effects.
Prognosis for China by Sidney Trevethan
[Revision 4, November 1999] It appears the PLAN can deliver about two Agroup armies@ (i.e., corps) of amphibious units by ships and another two by large LCU type landing craft. In addition, it can deliver at least three or four more by merchant ships to any operating port.
Evaluating Chinese Military Procurement from Russia Dennis J. Blasko, Joint Forces Quarterly Autumn/Winter 1997-98 [540 kb PDF] Many reported deals are never consummated. Purchases and technology transfers have been limited because of Chinese financial constraints and Russian strategic suspicions.