China’s Military Modernisation Programme

  • Tilman Pradt


The rapid modernisation and build-up of China’s armed forces is one of the most important developments for geostrategic analysts at the beginning of the new millennium. Pradt lists the most relevant arms purchases of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from 1990 to 2014, introduces the systems’ capabilities, and analyses the significance of these weapons systems for the modernisation process of the PLA. Whether these arms purchases should be regarded as continuing or even animating the discussion of a ‘China threat’ is dependent on further variables, most of all, China’s behaviour in international disputes and the military strategy of the PLA. An analysis of the threat potential in strategic terms is therefore included in the assessment of the modernisation programme.


Gross Domestic Product Military Expenditure Weapon System Ballistic Missile Security Expert 
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  • Tilman Pradt
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  1. 1.Business Network MarketingBerlinGermany

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