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Cadets training at the People's Liberation Army Academy in Beijing (photo: dpa)

China's military rise - a conflict between ideology and modernisation

China's mounting firepower and military intentions are causing significant concern among its neighbours and the United States. But its political leaders stress that its expansion and rapidly growing military budgets are for peaceful ends, despite increased tensions across the South and East China Seas, writes GIS guest expert Rogier Creemers. However, although China has convinced the world it is a serious military player, its army – the armed wing of the country’s Communist Party - lags behind in experience and professionalism, weakening its strength while raising the risk of conflict.

CHINA's military capability and intentions are causing significant concern among its regional neighb...

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Dr. Rogier Creemers
Perhaps the largest challenge for China’s military, however, is creating the internal discipline and esprit de corps required in a modern military. The PLA may have spun off its official business interests during earlier reforms, but, like other parts of the Chinese state, it remains deeply involved in a culture of graft, corruption and patrimony
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