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Modernizing China's MilitaryProgress, Problems, and Prospects$
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David Shambaugh

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225077

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225077.001.0001

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Defense Industries and Weapons Procurement

Defense Industries and Weapons Procurement

(p.225) 6 Defense Industries and Weapons Procurement
Modernizing China's Military

Daivd Shambaugh

University of California Press

This chapter combines the analysis of China's military-industrial system with cataloguing the weapons currently in the People's Liberation Army' inventory. There is probably no area of China's national defense establishment more in need of modernization than its defense industries (military-industrial complex). During the half-century of the People's Republic and the entire period since China first embarked on a policy of “self-strengthening” (zi qiang) in the 1870s—centered on a policy of building “shipyards and arsenals”—China's defense industries have proven woefully inadequate to the task of producing weaponry and defense technology of an international standard.

Keywords:   military-industrial system, weapons, People's Liberation Army, shipyards, arsenals, defense industry

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