Demystifying Shashoujian: China's 'Assassin's Mace' Concept
2004 Award Winner
Jason E. Bruzdzinski, The MITRE Corporation
In the absence of a comprehensive base of knowledge or
intellectual debate on shashoujian, this chapter seeks to develop a
baseline for understanding shashoujian in the context of current
People's Republic of China (PRC) military affairs and aspirations for
transformation of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the early
21st century. To this end, this chapter will seek initial responses to
three fundamental questions:
- What are the historical origins of shashoujian and what does the
term mean in a military context?
- How has shashoujian emerged as a topic of significance within the
Chinese national defense establishment?
- How might shashoujian satisfy Chinese national defense
Civil–Military Change in China: Elites, Institutes, and Ideas After the 16th Party Congress, Larry Wortzel and Andrew Scobell, eds., Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College, pp. 309–364. Source of the publication is the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College.
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