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China’s war chest: Beijing’s ‘great wall of steel’ faces obstacles to military supremacy

By Amy Hawkins

14 May 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The Guardian takes a close look at China's "military-civil fusion" strategy, a development that has complicated international efforts to understand or limit the country's military progress.

Taiwan’s foreign minister says he is preparing for conflict with China. In an interview this month, Joseph Wu said that “we are taking the Chinese military threat very seriously” and named 2027 as the year to be concerned about.

As relations between China and the US spiral ever lower, many analysts are increasingly worried that a conflict could be on the horizon and that the relationship between Taiwan and the US will be an important factor in influencing if and when China attempts to annex the self-governing island.

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