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Was China’s military modernisation driven by its ‘humiliation’ in 1996?

The long-running rivalry between China and the United States, including decades of confrontations over Taiwan, have been the driving force for the modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army, including the construction of an advanced naval fleet and development of a global satellite navigation system, observers say.While Beijing has long realised its main enemy is the US – which is committed to the defence of Taiwan – a setback during missile test-firing in the Taiwan Strait in 1996…


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