Conclusion: China and the Balance of Power in the Asia-Pacific Region

  • Solomon M. Karmel


China’s leaders hope to jettison archaic military conceptions, and new strategic priorities are indeed reforms. Still, this study emphasizes that China’s overhaul of its armed forces has a long way to go. Its new strategy is neither strikingly original nor fully implemented. China’s force structure, meanwhile, is dragged down by a Maoist legacy of obtrusive overstaffing. The problem of army surplus particularly plagues the land forces, but the entire PLA is suffering from the same disease. Organizationally and financially, China’s military faces parallel problems of irrational management, hidden deficiencies, deficits, and waste.


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