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Thursday, July 10, 2008

China Military Trends: Bulletpoint Review

1 - The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is in the midst of a streamlining and modernization of its military forces.
2 - The People's Republic of China (PRC) officially employs a national defense policy based on peaceful cooperation, and mutual development.
3 - Current PLA policy is aimed at "informationization" of each wing of its armed forces. This includes "cyber-warfare" tactics.
4 - PRC is promoting development in Space technologies, including defense capabilities. Its test in 2007 display its ability to eliminate low-orbit satellites.
5 - PRC played a leading role in the formation of the Shanghai Cooperative Organization (SCO), now including 7 states with full membership, and an additional 5 observer states.
6 - U.S. views ties between economic stability and military development in the PRC as potentially limiting and dangerous in the future.
7 - Global view of PLA activity is a quiet topic, though some of PRC's neighboring nations are in territorial disputes with China.

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