Cheung, Tai Ming, Editor
Sector-By-Sector Assessments and the Role of Military End-UsersPDF Version
Volume: 3, Pages: 90
2012 was a banner year for the Chinese defense economy as it produced a series of headline-grabbing technological accomplishments. Highlights ranged from the commencement of aircraft carrier operations that included deck landings of fighter aircraft to manned space dockings. In a welcome departure from the country's obsessive secrecy in military affairs, many of these developments were publicized officially or unofficially. Taken together, these advancements are a powerful statement of intent and confidence by China's techno-nationalist- minded leadership of the country's long-awaited coming of age as a world-class defense and strategic technological power.