Accession Number:

ADA510739

Title:

The PLA Shapes the Future Security Environment (Colloquium Brief, October 2005)

Descriptive Note:

Conference summary

Corporate Author:

HERITAGE FOUNDATION WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-10-15

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Over 50 experts on China and the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army PLA gathered at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, from September 23-25, to attend the 2005 PLA Conference, The PLA Shapes the Future Security Environment, cosponsored by the Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Army War College. Discussion began with the changing relationship between the PLA and the Chinese people, and its effect on PLA recruiting efforts. While officially the PLA is the Army of the People, the Army may not be as close to the people as it believes. The key points emanating from the conference are as follows 1 The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army PLA has problems attracting technically savvy recruits, owing to competition from Chinas booming economy 2 The PLA feels the United States will intervene in a conflict over Taiwan, and is training to defend against or defeat the U.S. military 3 Japan and the Korean Peninsula could become issues as troublesome for the PLA as Taiwan and 4 China and the PLA are becoming more active in South and Southeast Asia to increase Chinas influence in the region. Indias rise, in particular, concerns China.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE