The military modernization program of the chinese peoples liberation army which began in the late 1970s had three major focuses first under the political leadership of deng xiaoping the military became disengaged from civilian politics and for the most part resumed the political quiescence that characterized its pre cultural revolution role deng reestablished civilian control over the . Chinas economy suggests the potential for surpassing us gross domestic product by mid century beijings military modernization efforts have been equally dramatic in 1999 a chinese military officer described the peoples liberation army pla as a boxer suffering from short arms and slow feet while beijing maintained a force of. The peoples liberation army pla is becoming more professional and more capable the plas capabilities aimed at deterring or if necessary countering us military intervention in the asia pacific region including systems designed to hold us military bases aircraft carriers space systems and computer networks at risk have improved markedly. The chinese army today 2nd edition 2012 which is a critical book that will provide a tremendous amount of assistance in understanding all of the issues related to the plas modernization and how to go about the chinese peoples liberation army pla is a key feature of chinas political and foreign policy landscape the. Chinas military modernization building for regional and global reach stanford security studies isbn 0 8047 7195 2 james c mulvenon andrew n d yang the peoples liberation army as organization reference volume v10 rand chinese military power council on foreign relations press may 2003 roy kamphausen andrew scobell
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