A Poverty of Riches: New Challenges and Opportunities in PLA by James C. Mulvenon, Andrew Yang

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99 June Dreyer, “New Officers,” p. 319. Most western sources put the time on political education between 20 to 30 per cent since the early 1980s. - 22 - APPENDIX: CHINESE MILITARY ACADEMIES (AS OF FALL 2000) PLA Academies and Research Institutes Directly Under the CMC PLA National Defense University Academy of Military Science National Defense Science and Technology University (Changsha) General Political Department Academies PLA Art Academy Nanjing Political Academy Xi’an Political Academy General Armaments Department Academies Armament Command and Technical Academy (Huairou) Armored Force Engineering Academy (Beijing) Armored Force Technical Academy (Changchun) Ordinance Engineering Academy (Shijiazhuang) General Staff Department and Ground Force Academies Anti-Chemical Warfare and Engineering Academy (Beijing) Army Aviation Corps Academy (Beijing) Army Command Academy (Shijiazhuang) Army Staff Academy (Guangzhou) Army Guided Missile Academy (Langfang) Armored Force Academy (Bengbu) Armored Force Academy (Hunan) Artillery Academy (Hefei) Artillery Command Academy (Zhangjiakou) Artillery Academy (Shenyang) Communications Academy (Chongqing) Communications Command Academy (Wuhan) Electronic Engineering Academy (Hefei) Engineer Corps Command Academy (Xuzhou) Foreign Languages Academy (Luoyang) Information Engineering University (Zhengzhou) International Relations Academy (Nanjing) Nanjing Army Command Academy Shijiazhuang Army Command Academy In addition, each Military Region has its own Army Command College.

It is believed that a modified version of this system, the -2F, is the basis of Chinese manned space flights. The Long March-3 series gives the PRC the ability to launch objects directly into geosynchronous orbit. 8 metric tons to geostationary orbit. It is comparable to the Ariane or Delta-type launchers. 138 It should be noted that the PRC’s launchers are technologically as sophisticated as that of the West. Indeed, the 1984 LM-3 launch demonstrated the ability to place a 1000 kg satellite into geostationary orbit using liquid hydrogen propellants, a capability rivaled, at the time, only by the United States and France.

At the strategic level, broadly speaking, there appears to be a consensus among PRC military writers that: Politically, the future will be driven by hegemonic powers intent on dominating the world. These nations will not only be motivated by power and the desire for control, but will also have access to significant economic, technological, and political resources, likely in excess of that available to the PRC. - 26 - These forces, in turn, will view the PRC as a threat, as Beijing will not acquiesce in their goal of global domination.

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