It would, however, be a fundamental break from the neo-Maoist thinking that has continued to dominate the nation’s approach to defense. A summary of a 1998 speech by PLA General Chi Haotian summarizes Chinese defense doctrine nicely.
Clearly thinking in that monster of a building next to the PLA Museum on Fuxingmenwai needs to change as much as it needs to change in that other monster building on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Chinese defense thinking and doctrine is no longer relevant to a country that is actively engaged with – and interdependent with – a multipolar world. Defense policy needs to be more focused on engaging threats creatively before they become threats than on building a modern wall against the outside world.