Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Books on China's Military Security

This is a list of books on China’s military security:
  • Chinese Air Power: Current Organisation and Aircraft of all Chinese Air Forces by Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov. This is the first book in English to present full details and colour photographs of the organisation, power, and aircraft of all China's air forces - now the third largest in the world. Maps, charts, colour photographs, and tables show the extent and pattern of organisation, communication and command, inform and identification, training patterns, distribution of naval and air force, aircraft, bomb and missile armament, and notes on bases and test establishments.
  • Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy by Cheung Tai Ming. Fortifying China explores the titanic struggle to turn China into an aspiring world-class military technological power. The defense economy is leveraging the country's vibrant civilian economy and gaining access to foreign sources of technology and know-how. Drawing on extensive Chinese-language sources, Tai Ming Cheung explains that this transformation has two key dimensions. The defense economy is being reengineered to break down bureaucratic barriers and reduce the role of the state, fostering a more competitive and entrepreneurial culture to facilitate the rapid diffusion and absorption of technology and knowledge. At the same time, the civilian and defense economies are being integrated to form a dual-use technological and industrial base. In Cheung's view, the Chinese authorities believe this strategy will play a key role in supporting long-term defense modernisation. For China's neighbours and the United States, understanding China's technological, industrial, and military capabilities is critical to the formulation of economic and security policies. Fortifying China provides crucial insight into the impact of China's dual-use technology strategy. Cheung's "systems of innovation" framework considers the structure, dynamics, and performance of the defense economy from a systems-level perspective.
  • A Military History of Modern China: From the Manchu Conquest to Tian'anmen Square by Peter Worthing. War and the military have played central roles in shaping modern Chinese history, as the consequences of war and defeat, in both internal and external conflicts, have largely determined the course of history in China, especially in the period since the rise of the Manchu dynasty in the 17th century. Understanding the military history of China is, therefore, essential to an understanding of the Chinese state that is now emerging as a 21st-century military and economic power. Organised chronologically, this book is divided into three sections designed to reveal the manner in which war and the military have influenced the course of Chinese history. The first section is on imperial China, and it underscores the importance of war in China by dealing with the Manchu conquest and military rule over China, the developing technology gap between China and the West, the devastating defeats at the hands of Western powers in the 19th century, and early attempts at military reform and modernisation. The second section explores Republican China era, tracing important military reforms that gave rise to a revolutionary movement, the overthrow of the monarchy, and attempts to establish a democratic republic. The third section focuses on People's Republic of China, and reveals the critical role of the military and warfare in the period after the Chinese Communist Party came to power. The book also includes a section on modern military reform, acquisition of military technology, and relations with Taiwan.
  • The Chinese Army Today: Tradition & Transformation for the 21st Century by Dennis J. Blasko. This comprehensive study of the modernization efforts of the Chinese military focuses on the ground forces. In 1999, the military modernization programme of the Chinese People's Liberation Army that had been underway for 20 years accelerated and achieved a focus not seen in the previous two decades. Based primarily on Chinese sources, this book details the changes and key developments implemented since 1999 and puts them in the context of the many traditions that still remain. First-hand observations and three decades of military experience enable the author to draw disparate threads from official Chinese statements, documents and media reports into an integrated whole. This volume defines what forces make up the People's Liberation Army and examines in detail ground force organization and structure, personnel policies, doctrine and training, new equipment entering the force, and missions routinely undertaken in support of society.

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