China Expanding Its Military Mindset, Pentagon Says
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
PLA participation in bilateral and multilateral exercises is increasing, the Pentagon says.
“The PLA derives political benefit through increased influence and enhanced ties with partner states and organizations,” the Pentagon reports. “Such exercises provide the PLA opportunities to improve capabilities and gain operational insights by observing tactics, command decision-making, and equipment used by more advanced militaries.”
In 2011 and 2012, the Pentagon says, the PLA held 21 joint exercise and training events with foreign militaries, compared to 32 during the entire Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010).