OVERVIEW The People's Republic of China (PRC) shares land borders with Russia, Mongolia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, underscoring the need for a sizeable, competent defense force. Historically, China has followed the "sea of people" theory of military defense, contending that the strength of the masses could defend against any intruder, no matter how well trained. With the advent of more sophisticated...
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