China Leadership Monitor

China’s Assertive Behavior—Part Four: The Role of the Military in Foreign Crises

Monday, April 30, 2012

The previous essay in this series on China’s assertive behavior examined the general role of the Chinese military in the PRC foreign policy process, focusing on leadership and organizational issues. This essay builds directly on that essay by focusing in particular on the military’s role in leadership decision-making and lower-level implementation with regard to political-military crises with foreign powers.