This book discusses the present state of group rivalries within the Chinese leadership, which will greatly help in understanding the problems of post-Mao succession. It examines the role of the army and the political commissar system within the People's Liberation Army (PLA). .
Part One: The Past 1. Maoist Military Thinking 2. The Chinese Army: Early Phase 3. Modernization and Professionalism in the Army 4. Great Leap Forward and its Aftermath 5. All-Army Political Work Conferences Part Two: The Cultural Revolution and After 6. Cultural Revolution and the Ninth Party Congress 7. Fall of Lin Piao 8. Tenth Party Congress 9. Reshuffle of Regional Commanders 10. Fourth National People's Congress Part Three: The Future 11. Group Rivalries 12. Checks and Balances 13. Role of the Army 14. Conclusions