What Price Modernisation? Looking at the Recent Technological Evolution in Chinese Defence

Vendredi 01 mars 2013

Paper by Emmanuel Puig for the issue 32 of Monde Chinois

Auteurs : Emmanuel Puig

At a time of leadership transition and renewed nationalist tensions surrounding the Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands, China’s recent acquisition of naval air capabilities, with the Liaoning aircraft carrier, has widened the capacity gap that now separates it from regional powers such as Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines and Malaysia while creating a potential tactical advantage in relation to Japan, South Korea and India. How have China’s military capabilities evolved so remarkably over the course of the last decade? What were the structural costs of the forced modernisation launched within the particular context of the 1990s?


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The paper by Emmanuel Puig for the issue 32 of the journal Monde Chinois Nouvelle Asie deals with those questions.


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