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45 As noted by former RAND analyst James Mulvenon, the concept of national defense mobilization has a clear lineage from Maoist people’s war, when civilians were expected to carry out guerrilla activities against invaders and support the military according to the classic water and fish metaphor. 46 Dennis Blasko points out that from 1998 forward, every one of China’s White Papers on defense has explicitly stated that the PLA adheres to the concept of people’s war as part of China’s military strategy.

Army War College, 2001. 18. , Chinese Warfighting, pp. 143-172. For an analysis of sea power lessons learned, see Bernard D. , The Lessons of History, pp. 157-192. See also Alexander C. Huang, “The PLA Navy at War, 1949-1999; From Coastal Defense to Distant Operations,” in Chinese Warfighting, pp. 241-269. 19. See, for example, Lyle Goldstein, “China’s Falklands Lessons,” Survival, Vol. 50, No. 3, June 2008, pp. 65-82. 20. For PLA lessons on missiles, see Mark A. , The Lessons of History, pp. 193252.

Different groups within the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) learned different lessons from their analyses of the Kosovo conflict; a decade after the confrontation, the three distinct voices that emerged at the time continue to be heard in only slightly modified form. Advocates of the first school, that the PLA must match the United States weapon for weapon, have seen large increases in the defense budget each year. S. and Chinese forces a more even contest than it would have been in the Kosovo era.

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