CHINA'S “ASSASSIN'S MACE" CONCEPT
|1.||What are the historical origins of shashoujian and what does the term mean in a military context?|
|2.||How has shashoujian emerged as a topic of significance within the Chinese national defense establishment?|
|3.||How might shashoujian satisfy Chinese national defense requirements?|
For those interested in the potential of the Chinese military to challenge or threaten U.S. interests, shashoujian is an important concept that must be properly understood and appreciated. While omitted from many discussions about Chinese military modernization in recent Western books and essays on the PLA, the shashoujian concept is a component of China's strategic culture that influences grand strategy, in addition to Chinese national security policy and PRC military affairs. As will be discussed in this chapter, shashoujian is an important part of China's effort to transform the PLA into a modern, effective, and professional force and should be important consideration for those studying PLA trends and developments.