|1997/278 pages/LC: 96-27539|
Mixed Motives, Uncertain Outcomes looks critically at China's efforts to adapt its vast military- industrial complex to the service of its socialist market economy. The authors—all of whom have witnessed or participated first-hand in the country's defense conversion—offer political, macroeconomic, business, and military perspectives on this complex issue.
The book places the conversion process in the context of China's military modernization, the reforms of its business and industrial enterprises, and the international problematic of change in transitional economies. Beijing's underlying strategy, the authors conclude, attempts to combine sometimes conflicting objectives- defense industry modernization at minimal economic and social cost-and its success is by no means assured.