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MARK A. STOKES is Country Director for the PRC and Taiwan within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs (OSD/ISA). Major Stokes has previous assignments as a signals intelligence and electronic combat support officer in the Philippines and West Berlin. He served as assistant air attaché at the U.S. Defense Attaché Office in Beijing, China, from 1992-95. Before assignment to OSD/ISA, he was the Asia-Pacific regional planner within the HQ USAF Operations and Plans Directorate from 1995-97. He holds graduate degrees in International Relations and Asian Studies from Boston University and the Naval Postgraduate School. He received his formal Chinese Mandarin language training from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and the Diplomatic Language Services in Rosslyn, Virginia.
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Authored by Mark A. Stokes.
Conventional wisdom portrays the People's Republic of China (PRC) People's Liberation Army (PLA) as a backward continental force that will not pose a military challenge to its neighbors or to the United States well into the 21st century. The author offers an alternative perspective by outlining emerging PLA operational concepts and a range of research and development projects that appear to have b