Chinese strategic culture, Shih and Li: a comparison of the Kuomintang and Chinese Communist Party from 1923-1927
Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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The purpose of this monograph is to provide the military planner with an understanding of the Chinese strategic ideas of Shih and Li, since China will continue the use force and non-force methods to support its domestic stability, political aim, and international legitimacy. Chinas continued growth represents one of the greatest security challenges facing the United States. China has adopted a strategy called at odds, but not at war. This strategy allows China to develop its capabilities through modernization, while maintaining the option of confronting the United States directly. For military planners the study of Chinese military strategy is important for two reasons first, through an appreciation of the Chinas strategic template, be able to predict and counter their strategies and second, to learn new ways to understand and apply strategy themselves. Familiarity with the strategic ideas of Shih and Li, which apply to political, economic, geopolitical, and the military become an important component of this study.