The People's Liberation Army-Navy: Taiwan...and Beyond?
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS
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Accompanying the Peoples Republic of Chinas PRC emergence as a global economic and diplomatic power has been the concurrent phenomenon of its rapid military modernization. This confluence has engendered U.S. policy concerns. If the PRC continues with its current trend of military modernization, its regional military influence could at some point potentially rival or surpass that of the United States. There seems to be a consensus in the literature that Chinas military modernization efforts are motivated by a possible confrontation with the United States over Chinas attempts to reintegrate Taiwan. Countering a U.S. intervention in such a conflict functions as the primary driver behind the Peoples Liberation Armys PLA military modernization. There also is a modicum of consensus that the PRCs burgeoning global stature has prompted the PLA to pursue power projection endeavors such as sea lines of communication SLOC defense and protection. Due to the intrinsic value of naval forces toward these goals, the Peoples Liberation Army-Navy PLAN functions as a sufficient microcosm through which to identify broad PLA intentions. This thesis objectively surveys the PLANs modernization to determine the extent of the balance between the PRCs military problem sets of Taiwan and SLOC protection as impetus for the PLANs modern mission paradigm.
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