04 June 2012

Gabe Collins: 12 Things Missing from China Report

Gabe Collins offers his personal perspective concerning the latest annual Pentagon report on China’s military.

Gabe Collins, 12 Things Missing from China Report,” The Diplomat, 1 June 2012.

The latest version of the Pentagon’s report on China’s military rise was disappointing. There’s plenty that has been missed out.

The progressive neutering of the annual Pentagon China military power reports is unfortunate, as the report has been among the most authoritative sources of information on specific Chinese military capabilities in recent years. Given the People’s Liberation Army’s unwillingness to reveal this information itself, the report has been one of the few reliable sources of transparency to inform foreign analysts, scholars, and citizens about important Chinese military developments that often have global repercussions. China has experienced important military and security changes over the past year, yet aside from its reformatted font and graphics, the 2012 report proves thin on new content. … 

Download full text of report here: http://www.defense.gov/pubs/pdfs/2012_CMPR_Final.pdf

For further details, see Press Briefing on 2012 DOD Report to Congress on “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China”

For a summary by American Forces Press Serviceclick here.