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Modernizing China’s Military: Progress, Problems, and Prospects Paperback – March 25, 2003
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"The definitive study of a contentious foreign-policy subject. The conclusions of Shambaugh's sophisticated assessment . . . are a much needed corrective to the methodologically crude arguments of works that hype the 'China threat.' "--"The Atlantic Monthly
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"The role of the Chinese military will be a determining factor in how China not only relates to the outside world (especially to the United States) but also how China itself evolves politically. Modernizing China’s Military is a very important contribution to our enhanced understanding of a critically important trend in world affairs."Zbigniew Brzezinski, former United States National Security Advisor and currently Counselor at the Center for Strategic & International Studies
"David Shambaugh gives a lucid, comprehensive, and objective account of the substantial growth this past decade in the PLA. He includes an insightful summary of more than a century’s history of the Chinese military as a basis for explaining many of the problems the PLA has had, and will continue to have, in its modernization. This should be read by those responsible for our national security as well as scholars of contemporary China."William J. Perry, former United States Secretary of Defense and currently Professor at Stanford University.
"Shambaugh’s analysis of China’s military power at home and abroad is thoroughly comprehensive, meticulously researched and enriched by years of personal interviews in Bejing with top civilian and military security specialists. His reliability and objectivity enhances understanding of the military challenge China may project in the future."Allen S. Whiting, Regents Distinguished Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) at the University of Arizona.
"For those who promote international security, facts can be elusive. Superb China hand David Shambaugh gives us his extensive research and incisive analysis of the PLA. A must read for anyone concerned with the U.S.-China relationship, and even more for those who make decisions affecting U.S.-China security."Joseph W. Prueher, former Ambassador to the People's Republic of China and former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command
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Furthermore, Shambaugh's book is full of mistakes, including on p.1 where he states that the US use of B-1 bombers was critical to the destruction of Iraq during Desert Storm, which would be news to the US as the B-1 wasn't introduced in combat until Afghanistan. There are also examples of ships being misidentified in pictures. Not a good example of serious scholarly work.
The one good thing that I can say about this book is that the footnotes are incredible.
For a scholar as respected as Shambaugh who spent a decade or two on this, Modernizing China's Military was a really disappointing book,