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China’s Defence White Paper: Prospects for More Expansive Power Projection

The strategic vision outlined in China’s recent defence White Paper points to a will to project state power beyond its immediate environs. China’s regional neighbours are right to be concerned

When the Chinese State Council Information Office released its new defence White Paper – ‘China’s Military Strategy’ – in late May, there was cause for cautious optimism. The ninth of its kind since 1998, the document offers much greater clarity than its precursors; articulating a comprehensive outline of the country’s military strategy rather than providing a mere examination of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) resources and previous achievements. Even Pentagon spokesman

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