ASST-520-01 The Growth of Chinese Military Power
Fall for 2017-2018
Wilder, Dennis
This course will explore the origin, role, and the transformation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into one of the world’s most capable armed forces. Most of the focus will be on the contemporary period and look at the development of the PLA since Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping reformed it after the 1979 border conflict with Vietnam. Major topics covered will include the lessons learned in the 1979 border war, the role of the military in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, the 1995 missile crisis with Taiwan, the US-China EP-3 crisis of 2001, and the current standoff with its neighbors in the East and South China Seas. It will also look at the Chinese military as an instrument of statecraft, contemporary civil-military relations, the evolution of Chinese power projection capabilities, and Chinese nuclear doctrine.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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