Ground Forces

  • Harlan Jencks


The PLA ground forces are in transition from their traditional preoccupation with guerrilla and light infantry operations towards a modern combined arms capability. China intends to defend itself against Soviet attack by ‘people’s war under modern conditions,’ a strategy combining guerrilla warfare, positional defence, and mobile operations principally conducted by the militia, regional forces, and main forces, respectively.1 Guerrilla and light infantry operations are not to be abandoned by any means. The Chinese recognise, however, that positional and mobile defence conducted by modern combined arms forces would play the decisive role against a Soviet invasion.


Military Academy Ground Force Guerrilla Warfare Mobile Operation Party Central Committee 
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  1. 1.
    See Paul H. B. Godwin, ‘China’s Defense Modernization…,’ Air University Review, 32, No. 7, November-December 1981, 2–19;Google Scholar
  2. Gerald Segal, The Soviet ‘Threat’ at China’s Gates (Conflict Studies No. 143, London: Institute of Conflict Studies, 1983);Google Scholar
  3. Wang Shih-hong, ‘Inquiry into the Condition of Bandit Army Logistics and Supply’, in Feiqing Yuebao, 23, no. 6, December 1980, 44–51.Google Scholar
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    Edward S. Boylan, ‘The Chinese Cultural Style of Warfare’, Comparative Strategy 3, no. 4, 1982, 341–364.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Gerald Segal and William T. Tow 1984

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