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A Glimpse of Clarity in China’s Military Modernisation


The annual Pentagon report is now an integral part of the ‘China threat’ debate and has evolved to become both the comprehensive lexicon of the Chinese military order of battle and a benchmark for the analysis of the PLA. 

A Glimpse of Clarity in China’s Military Modernisation This year the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress expressed concern over China’s military modernisation and asked what have come to be perennial questions about the stated remit of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The report was met by the usual retorts in Beijing, insisting on China’s benign intentions in its quest for peaceful development and societal harmony. The Department of Defense asked about the obfuscation

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