How the PLA Fights

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

China’s armed forces are be­ing trans­formed from a World War II-style ground army to a mod­ern mo­bile fight­ing force more ca­pa­ble of wag­ing ad­vanced war­fare against for­eign foes or do­mes­tic un­rest, ac­cord­ing to a re­cently pub­lished book on the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army.

“The Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army is de­vel­op­ing into a hard­ened and net­worked army; go­ing from a light in­fantry force into a mech­a­nized and air mo­bile one,” stated Aus­tralia-based PLA spe­cial­ist Martin An­drew.

Mr. An­drew re­cently com­pleted the book “How the PLA Fights — Weapons and Tac­tics of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army.” It was pub­lished last month by the Army’s Train­ing and Doc­trine Com­mand In­tel­li­gence Sup­port Ac­tiv­ity at Fort Leav­en­worth, Kan.

The book in­cludes new de­tails on Chi­nese ground forces mod­ern­iza­tion ef­forts and con­tains a com­pre­hen­sive list­ing based on Chi­nese and Rus­sian sources of Chi­nese arms and equip­ment, rang­ing from pis­tols to tanks to air de­fense mis­siles.

Ac­cord­ing to the book, China’s ground forces were re­or­ga­nized along the lines fol­lowed by the Soviet mil­i­tary beginning in 1986, when the Red Army set up

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