China's Military and Security Developments [January 20, 2011]   [open pdf - 134KB]

This Memorandum was produced by Congressional Research Service in response to a request by the office of U.S. Representative Randy Forbes "for a comprehensive chronological compilation of People's Republic of China (PRC)'s significant military and security developments from 1990 to the present. The scope covers the areas of conventional military modernization, missile buildup, cyber capability, space weapons, and demonstrations of influence (soft power from diplomacy or aid), as well as crises or confrontations. While the PRC has issued indicators in its official media or policy statements that threatened to use force and raised tension, especially against Taiwan, this memo focuses on actions and acquisitions. This memo succinctly summarized select developments and is not exhaustive. Other related developments include: (1) full coverage of China's numerous satellite and other space launches; (2) PRC arms sales and missile and other weapons proliferation to nations like Iran, for which the United States has imposed sanctions since 1991 on PRC state-owned entities but not the PRC government, as well as weapons nonproliferation cooperation (see CRS Report RL31555); (3) PRC acquisitions of U.S. restricted military and dual-use data or technology through espionage or other illegal means; and (4) exercises of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) internally and with foreign militaries."

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