I have just received my copy of the second edition of Dennis Blasko’s The Chinese Army Today: Tradition and Transformation for the 21st Century (2nd edition). For anyone interested in the modernization of China’s armed forces, this book is a “must read.”
The revised edition of The Chinese Army Today has many strengths:
First, the book examines the modernization of China’s ground forces. Despite the emphasis in current commentary on China’s air and especially naval forces, China’s military remains heavily-dominated by its ground forces, where significant modernization is occurring. Moreover, these forces play an important role not just in external defense and potential power projection, but also in a variety of domestic missions, including disaster relief and internal security.
Second, the book examines all aspects of China’s army, from doctrine and organization to equipment and training.
Third, the book is ruthlessly based on facts and informed analysis, not speculation. The author, Dennis Blasko, is a retired U.S. army officer who has spent much of his career studying China’s armed forces and served as an attache in both Beijing and Hong Kong in the 1990s.