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China's Security: The New Roles of the Military
China's Security: The New Roles of the Military
By Melvin Gurtov and Byong-Moo Hwang
Lynne Rienner, 1998, 349 pp

A sophisticated and informative discussion of the Chinese military. There are chapters on civil-military relations, military doctrine, the military economy, China's attitude toward arms control, and the overall role of the military in the Chinese political system. The authors conclude that China's military-industrial complex is larger than ever before and likely to favor a tougher line toward rival powers and a more assertive expression of Chinese political will than internationalists in China would favor. At the same time, they warn that the past suggests no tradition of a unified military view that might stand opposed to the party's.