05 September 2011

Feng, Information Dissemination: “The Legacy of Liu Huaqing”

FengThe Legacy of Liu Huaqing,” Information Dissemination, 20 August 2011.

Recently, I’ve read a couple of books regarding the development of Chinese air force. … Over the next few weeks, I plan to write several entries on different aspects of PLAAF modernization. The first topic that I decided to make is the legacy of Liu Huaqing, since he is forever linked to the Chinese Aircraft Carrier program. …

What most people don’t know is Liu’s influence in the modernization of PLAAF after he became the deputy chairman of CMC. Liu was not only pushing for the modernization and increased power projection for PLAN, but he was also doing so for the air force. …

Looking back on it now, Liu was absolutely right in his vision. … Liu’s push not only produced tremendous benefit for the air force but also naval aviation. Of all of the military leaders of his generation, Liu stands alone in his role in not only the modernization of PLAN, but also PLAAF.

For more information on one of the books referenced here, see: Andrew S. Erickson and Lyle J. Goldstein, eds., Chinese Aerospace Power: Evolving Maritime Roles (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2011).

For Feng’s evaluation of CMSI Volume 5 see, “Review of Chinese Aerospace Power: Evolving Maritime Roles,” Information Dissemination, 16 August 2011.