28 June 2019

New ThinkChina Analysis: The Chinese Military in Preparation for War through Force Transformation

In this paper, Prof You Ji closely examines the condition of the Chinese army, air force, and navy as well as the general attitude in China towards a possible military confrontation with the US. The analysis explores the PLA’s generational inferiority to US forces, and proposes how this could lead the PLA to pursue an asymmetrical AD/2A type of warfare, with the objective of reducing the overwhelming US military superiority to one that is relative, and thereby eliminating the risk of direct confrontation, since the US, by Chinese calculus, will not strike unless it enjoys overwhelming superiority.

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