China’s New Military Strategy: “Winning Informationized Local Wars”

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015
by ybennett

Former CWP Fellow Taylor Fravel wrote a new article about China's evolving military strategy.  The article reviews how the language of a recent white paper articulating China's new guidelines, including a new one that shift the goal of China’s military strategy from “winning local wars under the conditions of informationization” to “winning informationized local wars.”  The first section of the article introduces briefly China’s concept of the strategic guideline. The second section reviews the language in the 2015 white paper to demonstrate that a change in the strategic guideline has occurred. The third section considers the timing of the adoption of the new strategy. It speculates that the change occurred sometime during the summer of 2014, as the Plenum’s Decision was being implemented.  Full article here