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

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

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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