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The Chinese Army After Mao
The Chinese Army After Mao
By Ellis Joffe
Harvard University Press, 1987, 210 pp.

The author, who teaches at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has a long and distinguished background in writing about Chinese military affairs. His latest work is the most thorough account yet of the modernization of the Chinese armed forces in the post-Mao period. Joffe concludes that although the People's Liberation Army has made steady and substantial progress, China's conventional forces are still at least two decades behind the technological level attained by the armies of the superpowers-or, for that matter, of other modern societies.