Beyond the Strait: PLA Missions other than Taiwan

  • March 01, 2009
  • Mr Roy Kamphausen, Dr David Lai, Dr Andrew Scobell
  • Mr Roy Kamphausen, Dr David Lai, Dr Andrew Scobell

SSI and NBR conducted a book launch event for this book. Audio is available on the NBR site.

While preventing independence likely remains the central aim of the PLA vis-a-vis Taiwan, Chinese foreign policy objectives worldwide are rapidly growing and diversifying. This volume analyzes the PLA’s involvement in disaster and humanitarian relief, United Nations peacekeeping operations (UNPKO), counterterrorism and border defense, security in outer space and cyberspace, and the level of activity in regional “joint” operational contingencies. On the whole, the volume provides a discerning analysis of these varied PLA developments and how they affect policy towards both Taiwan and the entire Asia-Pacific region. While the significance of China has long been understood, the nation’s rise to prominence on the world scene is becoming more acutely felt. An understanding of the PLA’s growing roles both within China and internationally is of critical importance to the United States.