Lieutenant General Li Jijun
Vice President of the Academy of Military Science
The Chinese People's Liberation Army
Letort Paper No. 1
Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr.
Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr.
August 29, 1997
The views expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
As relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China continue to improve, elements of the People's Liberation Army have demonstrated their sincere willingness to work toward better professional relationships with their U.S. military counterparts. In his address, General Li set the cornerstone for a future relationship between the Academy of Military Science and the U.S. Army War College that will further those goals.
General Li graciously agreed to the publication of his address. The Strategic Studies Institute is pleased to offer it as the first in its "Letort Papers" series with the hope that it will be a vehicle by which strategists and defense professionals in the United States and elsewhere may develop a better understanding of how the Chinese view their own national security and how the People's Liberation Army sees its role in contemporary Chinese military strategy.
RICHARD H. WITHERSPOON Colonel, U.S. Army Director, Strategic Studies Institute
Chinese Lieutenant General Li Jijun set the foundation for a future relationship between the Chinese Academy of Military Science and the U.S. Army War College. In support of China's policies of "reform and opening up," the Chinese People's Liberation Army is actively seking military-to-military relations with other nations, particularly with the United States. Aware of this historic juncture, the author delivered his address in the spirit of increased Sino-American dialogue and cooperation. The speech is interesting for what it tells us not only about Chinese strategy, but how the Chinese government views threats to its national security.