Chinese Military's Role in Overseas Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief: Contributions and Concerns [open pdf - 931KB]
From the Introduction: "Over the past two decades, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has expanded its involvement in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) missions outside China's borders. During this time, the PLA has increased both the range of HA/DR operations it performs and the number of personnel and types of assets it deploys, as well as its involvement in HA/DR exchanges with other militaries. [...] This report examines the drivers behind the PLA's increasing participation in HA/DR abroad, including Beijing's desire to promote a positive image of China and enhance the PLA's operational capabilities. It then assesses the impact, both positive and problematic, of the PLA's involvement in several recent multinational HA/DR operations. The report concludes with an analysis of the implications of the PLA's involvement in and approach to HA/DR for the United States."
U.S.-China Economy and Security Review Commission: http://www.uscc.gov/