Analysis of Chinese Communist Power
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This thesis presents a power analysis of the PRC and projects its development to the turn of the century to determine if the PRC can rise to be a great power. In the research paper, a detailed study of the pre-Communist culture is completed in order to identify enduring characteristics of the Chinese that would assist or restrain their being staunch followers of Mao. Next, a thorough review of the Communist regime of 1949 through 1965 is completed, and it is followed by a power appraisal. The result of the research indicates that the PRC has adopted foreign policies that, if consummated, would elevate the PRC to a great power, but the PRC cannot attain this lofty goal the economic-scientific foundations cannot supply the means. The economy has exhibited serious imbalances, irregular growth, and chronic irritants that the Communist leaders seem unable to control. The PRC--wanting for astute economic leadership, sensible educational systems, and adequate capital funds--must continue to expend enormous efforts to keep its relative power status therefore, great power status cannot be achieved in this century.
- Government and Political Science