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China and Its Military: Home

Along with links to full-text primary documents, this LibGuide provides links to information about China's armed forces found in books, databases and on Web sites, as well as facts, statistics, and maps relating to China’s military and national defense

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Note: Links to the NWC databases will work from off-site via the EZProxy for authorized users only.

(1) Via Blackboard: From Library's home page on the INTERNET, http://www.usnwc.edu/Academics/Library.aspx, select Databases from the navigation menu and choose a database by title from the A-Z List. In the pop-up window, you will be asked to choose an authentication method. Choose Blackboard and then enter your Blackboard Username and Password.  OR: Log into Blackboard; click Library tab near top of page; click A-Z List of Databases; then select the database you wish to search.

(2) CAC option: From Library's home page on the INTERNET, http://www.usnwc.edu/Academics/Library.aspx, select Databases from the navigation menu and choose a database by title from the A-Z List. In the pop-up window, you will be asked to choose an authentication method. Ensure that your CAC is in the CAC reader. Choose CAC and follow the screen directions. You will be ready to search the database you selected.

Please see a Reference Librarian for further information.

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China Signpost, Prof. Andrew S. Erickson, China Maritime Studies Institute, Naval War College

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China Brief: The Jamestown Foundation

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Introduction

China and Its Military

The FY 2000 National Defense Authorization Act mandated that an annual report be sent to Congress on the Military Power of the People’s Republic of China. That report, as well as China’s white papers on national defense and various official documents promulgated by Chinese government sources, give insights into what the United States knows about the military establishment in China.

Given its huge population, its growing economic presence in international trade and finance, and its increasing military capabilities, China is one of the major players on the world stage.  It has the world’s largest military force--one that is actively modernizing.

China’s land, sea, and air forces are embodied in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the military arm of China’s Communist Party. The PLA encompasses five main service branches: the PLA Ground Force, PLA Navy (PLAN), PLA Air Force (PLAAF), Second Artillery Corps (strategic nuclear or missile force), and the PLA Reserve Force.  China’s military policies and operational capacity merit careful attention as China becomes an ever more significant factor in world politics.

 

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