The Purge of Lo Jui-Ch`Ing: The Politics of Chinese Strategic Planning

The Purge of Lo Jui-Ch`Ing: The Politics of Chinese Strategic Planning

The Purge of Lo Jui-Ch`Ing: The Politics of Chinese Strategic Planning

The Purge of Lo Jui-Ch`Ing: The Politics of Chinese Strategic Planning

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This report was prepared as part of The Rand Corporation's continuing program of research, under United States Air Force Project Rand, on problems affecting Asian security and the political and military policies of Communist China. In placing the fall of Lo Jui-ch'ing, Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, in the context of China's domestic political situation, the war in Vietnam, and the Sino-Soviet rift, this study seeks to broaden our appreciation of the various policy arenas in which strategic planning is conducted in China. A reconsideration of Lo's purge not only brings to light important differences in defense strategy that may still be dividing members of China's decisionmaking elite. It also demonstrates the extent to which domestic political considerations can affect strategy preferences and the Chinese leadership's determination of the armed forces' mission.

Among the other Rand studies relevant to this Report are: Harriet E. Porch , Civil Aviation in Communist China Since 1949, RM-4666-1-PR, December 1968; F. M. Cone, Chinese Industrial Growth: Brief Studies of Selected Investment Areas, RM-5625-PR/ISA, May 1969; and Harry Harding, Maoist Theories of Policy-Making and Organization: Lessons from the Cultural Revolution, R-487-PR, September 1969.

One of the authors, Harry Harding, is a consultant to The Rand Corporation.

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