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China’s military power is growing faster than you think

The west’s superiority is increasingly under threat on land and sea—and in cyberspace 

By Meia Nouwens  

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets military leaders in Sichuan Province earlier this month. Photo: Li Gang/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

In recent years, China has revealed a new side of itself to the world. Today, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is not just an economic powerhouse; it has entered the international security arena, and it is there to stay.

Under President Xi Jinping’s leadership, China aims to have fully-modernised armed forces by 2035, and a fully-fledged top-tier military by 2050 that is capable of fighting and winning wars.…

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