Richard Fisher, Jr.
Senior Fellow, Asian Military Affairs

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Military Sales to China: Going to Pieces
Jamestown Foundation China Brief (Volume 2, Issue 23)
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on November 21st, 2002
In the 1990s, China had no choice in its quest to modernize its military but to import entire weapons systems. And the imports have continued. But total reliance on imports is not a solution, especially for a military that prides itself on self-reliance. As an intermediate step to reversing this dependence, to indigenous design and production, the People's Liberation Army is now building its own weapons with imported foreign-made components. read more
Evolving Ground Force Threat to Taiwan
Jamestown Foundation China Brief (Volume 3, Issue 5)
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on March 11th, 2003
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has a number of sound strategic and political reasons for trying to shift its previous army-dominated defense priorities to a new emphasis on joint-forces approaches that stress missile, air and naval defenses. However, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is complicating this transition by developing new ground force threats to Taiwan that, in turn, require Taipei to give added attention to the modernization needs of its army. read more
Deterring a Chinese attack against Taiwan: 16 steps
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on April 2nd, 2004
With the reelection of President Chen Shui Bian and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government, Taiwan takes a significant step toward consolidating its democracy, but Chen's victory is also likely to cause Communist China to intensify its preparations for war. To avoid what could be a very hot war on the Taiwan Strait, President George Bush should focus greater and more urgent attention on what is required to deter a Chinese attack on Taiwan. read more
PLAAF Equipment Trends
National Defense University Conference, “PLA and Chinese Society in Transition”
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on October 30th, 2001
Despite its never having done so before in a large fashion, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is pursuing an overall modernization program to enable the conduct all-weather offensive and defensive operations in a modern high-technology environment. This is consistent with the general doctrinal goal to build a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) capable of waging “Local War Under High Tech Conditions.”Expansion of all-weather offensive capabilities is a relatively recent and ominous trend in the PLAAF.Apparently, this could include offensive naval strike missions for the PLAAF and greater consideration of using Airborne Forces in a strategic strike capacity. read more
No Longer a Junkyard Army
Wall Street Journal, International Commentary
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on June 26th, 2000
After a bit of hemming and hawing, the U.S. Department of Defense finally released its yearly appraisal of the Chinese military's modernization program and the threat it poses to U.S. security. If U.S. lawmakers had hoped for a Chinese version of the Reagan administration's definitive "Soviet Military Power" series when they first demanded the reports, they must be disappointed. The reports are largely unremarkable, running just 30 non-classified pages without evidentiary photographs.read more
New Pentagon Report: A Change in U.S. Attitude
Jamestown Foundation China Brief (Volume 2, Issue 16)
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on August 1st, 2002
A new Department of Defense report, issued on July 12, on the growing power of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) signals a key shift in Washington's willingness to identify China as a future threat to the United States and its security interests. Russia's arms sales to China are specifically identified as such a threat. The paper also seeks to change the debate over the nature of China's threat to Taiwan. read more
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