Fortifying China explores the titanic struggle to turn
China into an aspiring world-class military technological power.
The defense economy is leveraging the country's vibrant civilian
economy and gaining access to foreign sources of technology and
know-how. Drawing on extensive Chinese-language sources, Tai Ming
Cheung explains that this transformation has two key dimensions.
The defense economy is being reengineered to break down
bureaucratic barriers and reduce the role of the state, fostering a
more competitive and entrepreneurial culture to facilitate the
rapid diffusion and absorption of technology and knowledge. At the
same time, the civilian and defense economies are being integrated
to form a dual-use technological and industrial base.
In Cheung's view, the Chinese authorities believe this strategy
will play a key role in supporting long-term defense modernization.
For China's neighbors and the United States, understanding China's
technological, industrial, and military capabilities is critical to
the formulation of economic and security policies. Fortifying
China provides crucial insight into the impact of China's
dual-use technology strategy. Cheung's "systems of innovation"
framework considers the structure, dynamics, and performance of the
defense economy from a systems-level perspective.
Subjects: Technology, Political Science, History
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