Accession Number:

ADA528060

Title:

Military Power of the People's Republic of China 2007

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

51.0

Abstract:

Chinas rapid rise as a regional political and economic power with global aspirations is an important element of todays strategic environment--one that has significant implications for the region and the world. The United States welcomes the rise of a peaceful and prosperous China, and it encourages China to participate as a responsible international stakeholder by taking on a greater share of responsibility for the health and success of the global system. However, much uncertainty surrounds the future course Chinas leaders will set for their country, including in the area of Chinas expanding military power and how that power might be used. The Peoples Liberation Army PLA is pursuing comprehensive transformation from a mass army designed for protracted wars of attrition on its territory to one capable of fighting and winning short-duration, high-intensity conflicts against high-tech adversaries--which China refers to as local wars under conditions of informatization. Chinas ability to sustain military power at a distance, at present, remains limited but, as noted in the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review Report, it has the greatest potential to compete militarily with the United States and field disruptive military technologies that could over time offset traditional U.S. military advantages. Chinas near-term focus on preparing for military contingencies in the Taiwan Strait, including the possibility of U.S. intervention, appears to be an important driver of its modernization plans. However, analysis of Chinas military acquisitions and strategic thinking suggests Beijing is also generating capabilities for other regional contingencies, such as conflict over resources or territory.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE