Globalisation and China’s Military Modernisation: Fear not China

By Xiaoli Jiang and Yihong Gong.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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China has one of the most powerful military forces in the world. However, a little over 100 years ago, the Chinese military was repeatedly defeated by Western colonial powers and Japan. These defeats motivated the Chinese to make dramatic changes to their military forces. Based on an analysis of contemporary Chinese history and cultural values, it would appear there have been four major attempts to modernise the Chinese military. These attempts have been consistently driven by the need to defend Chinese national interests and self-esteem. Although the current military’s rapid transformation has alarmed the West, in reality China’s intentions are more about self-defence and nullifying internal independence movements, in particular Taiwan, and has little to do with expansion of territory.

Keywords: Globalisation, China, Military, Modernisation

Global Studies Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.195-206. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 714.434KB).

Dr. Xiaoli Jiang

Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Arts-International Studies, School of Behavioural, Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Xiaoli Jiang is a senior lecturer and program coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at the University of Ballarat. She has diverse research interests in the areas of Chinese culture, education and self-esteem; Asian migration and well-being of migrants; cross-culture self-esteem and children’s self-esteem. In 2009, Dr. Jiang won a prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for her outstanding contributions to student learning.

Yihong Gong

International Office, Baiyun University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China


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