China: Army in Command

The People's Liberation Army of China has always been much more than just an army. A highly indoctrinated force whose 2,700,000 troopers hold their guns in one hand and the teachings of Mao Tse-tung in the other, it has been described by Mao himself as "an armed body for carrying out the political tasks of the revolution." An elite force, it can pick and choose its members from the 5,000,000 or so Chinese who come of military age each year, and it has long been a primary training ground for party leaders. While seeking to provide for China's defense,...

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