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The dragon’s claws


“The Chinese people have risen.” Mao Zedong rose to power in 1949 in a country that was tired, albeit alive, following the long Century of Humiliation. The Great Helmsman united a broken-down nation by militarising it. Sixty years on, China has now become the world’s fifth biggest weapons exporter for the first time since the end of the Cold War.

“The Chinese people have risen.” Mao Zedong rose to power in 1949 in a country that was tired, albeit alive, following the long Century of Humiliation. The Great Helmsman united a broken-down nation by militarising it. Sixty years on, China has now become the world’s fifth biggest weapons exporter for the first time since the end of the Cold War.

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