It was with some relish that I started reading a translation
Unusually for a document about military affairs the paper mentions not a single weapons system and is seriously short on the details the world would like to see. More impressively perhaps, it manages to avoid using any of the acronyms that seem to be the mark of most military writing.
The first section acknowledges the world is more peaceful and stable these days, recognizes the inevitability of globalization and an increasingly informationalized society, and states that the outlook for mankind is generally bright.
Soon enough things take a darker turn: "In a number of countries, outbreaks of unrest are frequently triggered by political, economic, ethnic, or religious disputes. In general, world peace remains elusive." The issues that have plagued man since time immemorial are apparently very much with us.
Then, later, a hint of paranoia (and a dig at the
So much for world peace. Later on, predictably, the paper emphasises
As for the PLAAF there is precious little. A long, 267-word paragraph on the PLAAF essentially says it is being transformed into a more modern, capable force that can perform a range of missions and can operate increasingly sophisticated equipment.
As for the Chinese military's new weapons and technologies, the report reserves just one frugal line for the PLAAF: "The PLAAF has formed for its air control operations a weaponry system with new types of combat aircraft and ground-to-air missile systems as the spine."
The white paper concludes with this:
It was comforting, at the end, to read that transparency is a priority. With luck the next white paper will offer more details about
Less information is definitely not more when it comes to the development of