China’s defense spending and the modernization of its armed forces command a good deal of attention in Asia and from the United States. Its armed forces have evolved from the huge peasant army of Mao’s day into a modern force fielding first-line warplanes, satellite guided weaponry and a growing air force and navy. While China’s military is no match technologically for advanced western armed forces, its growing sophistication and determination to develop a power projection capability has raised eyebrows, particularly in the U.S., Australia, Japan and India.
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