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Defense Industries and Weapons Procurement

Daivd Shambaugh

in Modernizing China's Military

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520225077
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225077.003.0006
Defense Industries and Weapons Procurement

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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

Chapter.  22247 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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