Chinese military leader stresses butter vs. guns
A Chinese military leader stressed that defense must be subordinate to improving China's lackluster economy and urged senior Army officers to end their opposition to current reformist policies.Skip to next paragraph
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The People's Daily quoted Yang Dezhi, chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), as saying its officers should study foreign military technology. This is a keystone of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's reformist policy, but regarded with suspicion by Maoist diehards.