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Military and Economy
(1,589 words)

The main function of armed forces is to assure foreign security, which is regarded as a crucial framework for making complex political and economic actions possible in the first place. At what price this is accomplished essentially depends on threat scenarios and the measures with which these threats are to be reduced. There is no universally accepted guideline for how expensive military services should be. China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is characterized not only by its functions concerning foreign security, but is also responsible for aspects of domesti…

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Brömmelhörster, Jörn, “Military and Economy”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 08 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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