"While preventing independence likely remains the central aim of the PLA vis-a-vis Taiwan, Chinese foreign policy objectives worldwide are rapidly growing and diversifying. This volume analyzes the PLA's involvement in disaster and humanitarian relief, United Nations peacekeeping operations (UNPKO), counterterrorism and border defense, security in outer space and cyberspace, and the level of activity in regional 'joint' operational contingencies. On the whole, the volume provides a discerning analysis of these varied PLA developments and how they affect policy towards both Taiwan and the entire Asia-Pacific region. While the significance of China has long been understood, the nation's rise to prominence on the world scene is becoming more acutely felt. An understanding of the PLA's growing roles both within China and internationally is of critical importance to the United States." The contents include: Introduction by David Lai and Marc Miller; How China Manages Taiwan and Its Impact on PLA Missions by Andrew Scobell; How China Manages Internal Security Challenges and Its Impact on PLA Missions by Murray Scot Tanner; China's Expanding Presence in UN Peacekeeping Operations and Implications for the United States by Bates Gill and Chin-hao Huang; PLA Missions in Frontier Security and Counterterrorism by Robert O. Modarelli III; Strategic Deterrence beyond Taiwan by Brad Roberts; Prospects for China's Military Space Efforts by Dean Cheng; PLA Computer Network Operations: Scenarios, Doctrine, Organizations, and Capability by James Mulvenon; China's Regional Power Projection: Prospects for Future Missions in the South and East China Seas by Mark Cozad; and PLA "Joint" Operational Contingencies in South Asia, Central Asia, and Korea by Larry M. Wortzel.
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