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The People’s Liberation Army’s Mandate of Heaven

Chinese leaders have been less than transparent as to the direction of the Communist Party’s armed wing, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Introduction China has embarked on a worldwide campaign of frenetic yet adroit diplomacy under the banner of ‘peaceful development’ and the world has been hypnotized by China’s enormous trading might. In one year, Beijing will be on the eve of showcasing its accomplishments at the Olympic Games; the international audience will no doubt be awe-struck by the scale of China’s development in the last few years. Domestically, President Hu Jintao has promulgated the doctrine of a

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