After China embarked on nuclear and space programmes in 1964, hundreds of PLA soldiers, officers and researchers spent decades in remote parts of the country developing and testing technology. Photo: Reuters

Back to the future of self-reliance for China’s military technology

Xi Jinping invokes the Chinese scientific successes of the past to modernise the armed forces, but can the country really go it alone?

Topic |   40 years of reform and opening up

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After China embarked on nuclear and space programmes in 1964, hundreds of PLA soldiers, officers and researchers spent decades in remote parts of the country developing and testing technology. Photo: Reuters
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