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China's Military Machine
in the 21st Century
East View Press
Authors: Mikhail Barabanov, Vasiliy Kashin
and Konstantin Makienko
ISBN: 978-1-879944-09-1
Year: 2012
Language: English
Print $75.00
Online $29.00

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Henry Plater Zyberk, Prague Security Studies Institute

" 'Shooting Star' is an exhaustive study of the Chinese defence industry and the arms trade. The fact that this is something of a niche subject may be the reason why the English title of the original Russian publication 'The Defence Industry and the Arms Trade of the People’s Republic of China' has been enhanced. The book was written by three experts at the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), a highly respectable Moscow based think-tank. The authors combine their knowledge of China, armaments and international relations to powerful effect, producing an in-depth, unemotional study, packed with useful information and statistics....

For non-experts, this is a heavy but interesting read. But for those who watch Russia, and those who consider the ascendance of the Chinese military and international security, and for those interested in the international armaments trade, the book is, simply, a must."

Read the full review here.

Wendell Minnick, Asia Bureau Chief, Defense News

"A new Russian report provides rare insights into China's military-industrial complex, along with true confessions about Moscow's intimate involvement in China's weapons development.

Issued by Moscow's Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), the report, 'Shooting Star: China's Military Machine in the 21st Century,' was recently translated into English. The 170-page report is riddled with surprises about some of China's most sensitive projects, including the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter, Xian H-6K bomber and Xian Y-20 heavy transport....Over all, the CAST paper reads like the history of a bad marriage."

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Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute, Washington, DC

"A team of Russian defense analysts at the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) in Moscow have produced the most comprehensive and comprehensible study of the Chinese defense industry in any language.

In Shooting Star: China's Military Machine in the 21st Century, Mikhail Barabanov, Vasiliy Kashin and Konstantin Makienko provide what looks to be the definitive review of the growing capabilities of the Chinese military-industrial complex....Having such an accessible Russian analysis of the Chinese military-industrial complex is a welcome treat for Western defense analysts."

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Shooting Star: China's Military Machine in the 21st Century is an objective study of the developments and progress made by China’s defense industry over the last twenty years, including an in-depth analysis of China’s arms imports and exports. Written by Moscow’s prestigious Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, this book presents a highly detailed account of the major corporations that make up the current structure of China’s defense industry and a thorough survey of China’s activities on the international arms market. As a long-time exporter of arms and various defense technologies to China, Russia is in a unique position to evaluate the changes and developments that have taken place within the Chinese defense industry over the last few decades.

Shooting Star consists of three sections. The first section outlines China’s key defense corporations in all defense industry segments, the various government agencies that oversee these state-owned corporations and the activities of each corporation and their various subsidiaries. The section concludes with two case studies from China’s defense industry: military shipbuilding, where tremendous growth has occurred, and aircraft engine production, a segment in which China continues to struggle. Yet despite such struggles China’s advancements in both segments have been impressive and its capabilities only continue to improve.

In the second section, China’s arms imports and military and technical cooperation with various exporters are examined. Particular focus is paid to the import of Russian weapons and defense technology, as well as to China’s cooperation with Israel and Europe.

The third section of the book focuses on Chinese arms exports, specifically exports during the period from 1992-2010. Included in this section are detailed accounts of Chinese exports to such countries as Pakistan, Iran, Burma, Egypt, Sudan and North Korea, as well as to other Chinese defense customers and partners. The section closes with an exhaustive list of the weapons categories China offers to its foreign customers with detailed information on the various weapons series and systems.

Shooting Star: China's Military Machine in the 21st Century was compiled using numerous Russian, Chinese and American sources, and features a number of tables and an index.


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