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The first comprehensive study of China's military strategy and how it has evolved since 1949.

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M. Taylor Fravel is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and a member of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Strong Borders, Secure Nation (Princeton). Twitter @fravel


"This book is an outstanding contribution to the canon on Chinese military and strategic affairs . . . . Fravel's new book is an instant classic and a mandatory reference source. I would recommend this volume to students of Chinese foreign policy, international relations, and military affairs without reservation."---James Mulvenon, China Quarterly
"This is the first book to provide a comprehensive history of China's military doctrine as it has evolved since the founding of the People's Republic."---Andrew J. Nathan, Foreign Affairs
"Meticulously analyzes China's military strategy since 1945 . . . . A classic that is likely to have great long-term influence . . . . In this unstable environment, Professor Fravel's book could hardly be timelier."---Chas. W. Freeman, Jr, Book Post

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