1st Edition

China's Emergence as a Defense Technological Power

Edited By Tai Ming Cheung Copyright 2013
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    China is flexing its growing military and strategic clout in the pursuit of broadening national security interests. At the same time, the country’s economic and technology policies have also become more nationalistic, state-centered, and ambitious. China’s defense economy has set its sights on catching up with the West by the beginning of the 2020s and is making steady progress in building up its innovation capabilities, although this is presently in the form of incremental and sustaining types of activities. More high-end, disruptive forms of innovation that would lead to major breakthroughs are likely to be beyond China’s reach in the near-to medium term.

    This volume provides a wide-ranging and detailed assessment of the present state of the Chinese defense economy at a time of rapid change and accelerating advancement in its innovation capabilities and performance. This collection of articles has three main goals: (1) to locate China’s defense innovation dynamics within broader historical, technological and methodological frameworks of analysis; (2) to assess the performance of the Chinese defense economy’s six principal subsectors; and (3) to compare China’s approach to defense industrialization with major counterparts in the Asia-Pacific region.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Strategic Studies.

    Chapter 1. China's Anti-Access Strategy in Historical and Theoretical Perspective Thomas G. Mahnken, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    Chapter 2. The Chinese Defense Economy's Long March from Imitation to Innovation Tai Ming Cheung, University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

    Chapter 3. ‘Technology Determines Tactics’: The Relationship between Technology and Doctrine in Chinese Military Thinking Dennis J. Blasko, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (ret.)

    Chapter 4. The Chinese Aviation Industry: Techno-Hybrid Patterns of Development in the C919 Program Samm Tyroler-Cooper & Alison Peet.

    Chapter 5. Upward and Onward: Technological Innovation and Organizational Change in China's Space Industry Kevin Pollpeter, China Program Manager, Defense Group Inc., Vienna, Virginia, USA

    Chapter 6. China's Defense Technology and Industrial Base in a Regional Context: Arms Manufacturing in Asia Richard A. Bitzinger, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

    Chapter 7. The Slow Death of Japanese Techno-Nationalism? Emerging Comparative Lessons for China's Defense Production Christopher W. Hughes, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK

    Chapter 8. China’s commercial shipbuilding development and naval ship production Gabe Collins

    Chapter 9. China’s Ordnance Industry: Catching Up without Innovation? Arthur Ding, Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University. Taipei, Taiwan

    Chapter 10. Contemporary Chinese Defense Science, Technology and Industry Civil-Military Integration Ed Francis, Defense Group, Inc.

    Chapter 11. Defense Industrialization and Innovation in South Korea- Assessments, Institutional Arrangements and Comparative Implications Chung-in Moon, Yonsei University Jae-Ok Paek, Korea Institute for Defense Analysis

    Chapter 12. China’s Defense Electronics Industry: Innovation, Adaptation, and Espionage James Mulvenon and Matthew Luce, Defense Group, Inc.

    Chapter 13. On Military Innovation: Toward an Analytical Framework Andrew L. Ross, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of New Mexico

    Chapter 14. China’s Nuclear Industry and the Limitation of Civil-Military Integration Jing-dong Yuan, Associate Professor in International Security, Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney


    Tai Ming Cheung is the director of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). He directs the Minerva Initiative program on Chinese security and technology, a multi-year academic research and training project funded by the U.S. Defense Department to explore China’s technological potential. His most recent book, Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy, was published in 2009 by Cornell University Press.