Joseph Y. Lin currently studies at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies of Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan. He has held executive positions in multinational corporations and investment companies in the U.S., China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Mr. Lin’s most recent article “The Changing Face of Chinese Military Generals: Evolving Promotion Practices Between 1981 and 2009” was published in The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis in March 2010.
Recent discourse concerning the Chinese People’s Liberation Army's (PLA) modernization has principally focused on technological advances and less on the human dimension of PLA force transformation. In particular, a review