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Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy Hardcover – November 6, 2008
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"No analyst knows China's military-industrial complex better than Tai Ming Cheung. China was plagued by various bureaucratic, technological, intellectual, and international obstacles for decades. Cheung shows how recent reforms are revitalizing the defense sector―particularly by introducing market mechanisms and dual-use civilian technologies. This is an important book on a neglected aspect of China's modernization process."―David Shambaugh, George Washington University
"In Fortifying China, Tai Ming Cheung addresses a critically important issue in China's rise. His discussions of the defense industry and civil-military industrial base are well researched and illustrated with new fieldwork. Fortifying China mines hundreds of primary resource materials that have not been discussed in an English-language work before."―Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations
"Fortifying China chronicles the protracted efforts of Chinese leaders and R&D personnel to redesign the Chinese defense industrial system in response to globalization, rapid technological change, and market-driven growth. Drawing on a wealth of heretofore underutilized primary sources, Tai Ming Cheung analyzes these issues with depth and clarity. Combining history, defense economics, and bureaucratic politics, the volume is a major contribution to the understanding of organizational innovation in China. It will be essential reading for all serious students of China's military-industrial development."―Jonathan D. Pollack, Naval War College
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Top Customer Reviews
As an inexperienced reader about China, I found the book easy to read and easy to understand. It is certainly an academic work. References are provided as footnotes throughout the book. Most of these references are Chinese books, magazine articles or newspaper articles, which would be unknown for a non-Chinese reader like me. Thus this content alone makes the book a valuable source of information. Other references are about the general development of the defense industry throughout the World. Somehow the book also provides a bibliography for the interested reader.
The book is well balanced - contents of the book will be interesting from both economical and technology management point of views.
In conclusion, I recommend the book for the interested readers.