Thanks a lot for posting that. It was definitely one of the most comprehensive and more neutral looks at the Chinese military I've seen recently, a good break from the usual "beware the red China's military build up of doom" rhetoric.
By the strangest of coincidences he talks about China now entering its 2nd 30yr period of military modernisation, ending around about the same time David Walker suggests a possible effect of financial recklessness, would be its inability to pay its armed forces, in a interview on 60 minutes.
Do those Chinese have a crystal ball or something, because I also remember him saying, IHO, China , would be trying its best to avoid military excursions.
One of the big take aways I got from it was not, while the Chinese are (understandably) not transparent about their specific hardware and capabilities, they are about their strategy and intentions. They go to quite a bit of trouble to publicise it for foreign consumption. This still seems to be the case today.
Dated talk now, but still relevant. I respect Blasko a lot for going to the effort to dig deep and attempt to understand the Chinese military. We desperately need more voices like his.