Freeman Report January 2005 - Vol. 3, No. 1
January 28, 2005
Starting with the first Chinese white paper on national defense in 1998, each successive iteration in 2000, 2002, and now in December 2004 has built upon and expanded information about the Chinese military and defense industrial sector. When read together the four white papers provide a valuable, if incomplete, description of Chinese military thinking, the PLA force structure, its modernization process, and the military’s role in pursuing Chinese interests at home and abroad.