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The author argues that the Chinese believe in the strategy of "people's war under modern conditions", and are confident that middle-range technology and unconventional warfare and the combination of the "human" and "weapon" factors represent a successful application of the strategy.

Extract: A new era in Chinese defence policy followed the ascent in 1977 of China's most powerful political and military leader since Mao. After being disgraced in 1966 and again in 1976, Deng Xiaoping (Teng Hsiao-ping) returned to the ruling ranks for the third time in July 1977. A decade of self-strengthening and reform would result. The objective of that decade's endeavours: that the People's Republic of China (PRC) should stand strong and able in the twenty-first century. In accordance with this mission, defence development in the period since 1977 has been guided by the strategic doctrine of people's war under modern conditions. This book is an analysis of the significance of this simple slogan to China's emerging defence posture.


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Hampshire & London


China, politics, international relations


Asian Studies | International Relations | Political Science


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Dellios, R. (1989). Modern Chinese defence strategy: Present developments, future directions. Hampshire & London: The Macmillan Press Ltd.

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Copyright © Rosita Dellios 1989

Modern Chinese Defence Strategy: Present Developments, Future Directions