According to China, there are four reasons why her military can win a modern war:
China knows it
plays second fiddle to the United States in military technology, but in
the Asia-Pacific region, PLA hardware is quickly matching that of Japan, China’s biggest military opposition.
“Although some might claim that Japan now has an edge over China, very
soon China’s PLA will surpass Japan’s SDF [Self-Defense Forces] in terms
of hardware given China’s economic size and greater military spending,"
the military report says. "So, in 10 years’ time, the PLA will have
superb military hardware that is only second to the United States.”
The report points to Chinese
President Xi Jinping’s anticorruption drive and military overhaul, which
led to a reshuffle of the PLA’s top brass. The military was plagued by
corruption in the past, with training standards not uniform and
leadership lacking focus. “President Xi Jinping is determined to
eliminate corruption within the PLA. When he is finished, there is good
reason to believe that the PLA’s fighting ability will increase
3) Military experience is “overvalued.”
China’s wartime experience is limited, so is that of its biggest
regional rivals. “People have overestimated the value of experience.
Yes, it is true that the U.S. military has ample experience, but many
other militaries do not, including Japan’s. So China’s lack of war
experience might hurt its chances of winning against the U.S., but not
necessarily against other rivals.”
China says it has no interest in
“conquering” new territories, claiming that a war that involves China
would be a defensive one. While those who lay claim to various disputed
territories and maritime borders would likely disagree
with the notion that China is merely defending its sovereignty, Chinese
authorities insist military action would be taken only if Chinese
sovereignty is under fire.
“This is about defending China’s sovereignty and territories and this
is fundamentally different from conquering others’ territories. Thus
morale will be high. If history is any indication, the Korean War tells
us that the weaker Chinese army could repel and defeat a stronger U.S.
army. The fact that China then was fighting for its sovereign integrity
is a key factor in explaining the defeat of the United States"