Soldiers of the Chinese People's Armed Police salute the national flag in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The PLA's growing lack of transparency is 'hindering efforts to build international trust'. Photo: XinhuaSoldiers of the Chinese People's Armed Police salute the national flag in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The PLA's growing lack of transparency is 'hindering efforts to build international trust'. Photo: Xinhua
Soldiers of the Chinese People's Armed Police salute the national flag in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The PLA's growing lack of transparency is 'hindering efforts to build international trust'. Photo: Xinhua

Is the PLA's modernisation a sign of power, or a repeat of a tragic mistake?

Ignoring the need for social reform while modernising the military risks repeating the mistakes of the Qing dynasty

Topic |   18th Party Congress
Soldiers of the Chinese People's Armed Police salute the national flag in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The PLA's growing lack of transparency is 'hindering efforts to build international trust'. Photo: XinhuaSoldiers of the Chinese People's Armed Police salute the national flag in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The PLA's growing lack of transparency is 'hindering efforts to build international trust'. Photo: Xinhua
Soldiers of the Chinese People's Armed Police salute the national flag in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The PLA's growing lack of transparency is 'hindering efforts to build international trust'. Photo: Xinhua
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