Nearly 7,000 Chinese soldiers were killed and 15,000 others wounded in the conflict with Vietnam. Photo: Handout

From misfire to big shot: how the military helped China open up and become a force to be reckoned with

  • The PLA took a back seat to economic development in the first decades of the country’s determination to lie low and foster growth
  • In expanding its military reach, China has raised suspicions about its regional and global intentions
Topic |   40 years of reform and opening up

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Nearly 7,000 Chinese soldiers were killed and 15,000 others wounded in the conflict with Vietnam. Photo: Handout
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