May 17, 2021
PLA Overseas Operations in 2035: Inching Toward a Global Combat Capability
Over the past decade, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has followed two general development trajectories. The primary focus has
been on deterring adversaries and building the capability to fight high-intensity, short-duration wars around China’s periphery—what the PLA often refers to as “informationized local wars.” A secondary focus has been on nontraditional security operations, such as peacekeeping, maritime law enforcement, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR).