Assessing the People's Liberation Army in the Hu Jintao Era   [open pdf - 4MB]

"The 2012 People's Liberation Army (PLA) conference took place at a time when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was making its leadership transition from Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping. The agenda of the conference took advantage of this occasion and focused the conference discussion on the developments in China's national security and the PLA during the Hu Jintao administration from 2002 to 2012. The participants of the conference also reflected on the future of China's military modernization under Xi Jinping. While a comprehensive analysis of these subject matters would be ideal, the participants had nevertheless singled out some key areas where the PLA had apparently made significant changes. The discussion papers are presented in this volume. But before presenting the key findings, a brief review of 'China's military modernization with Hu's characteristics' is in order. […] During his reign as the General Secretary of the CCP, President of the People's Republic of China (PRC, or China for short), and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), Hu Jintao has put an official stamp on quite a few major changes in China's political and national security apparatus, as well as developments in the PLA."

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