China's Military Procurement Approach in the Early 21 st Century and Its Operational Implications

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This article attempts to lay out a conceptual framework for evaluating the actual military value of China's newly developed weaponry. Its basic assumption is that technological military progress is not sufficient to increase military strength. Therefore an alternative approach is adopted that studies the adaptability of the new technologies to the country's strategic situation. To this end, the study assumes that the value of a weapon system is measured by its suitability to the country's military, economic and technological conditions. The country's ability to meet these requirements depends to a large extent on the procurement process. Exploring China's recent military procurement approach, the study finds that under the prevailing conditions, China's military procurement process could reduce the actual military value of the newly developed weaponry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-93
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • China
  • Military Power
  • Military Procurement
  • PLA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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