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Forgotten - The Changing Roles of the Chinese Militia System in the Communist Era

Forgotten - The Changing Roles of the Chinese Militia System in the Communist Era

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Imagine a force of millions of Chinese civilians armed with assault rifles, guided
missiles, artillery, and the ability to possibly use it, all directed by the Chinese
Communist government. Such a force exists in China today in the form of the Chinese
militia. Yet there is very little information on such a large well-armed force. For the last
two decades the militia has fallen off the radar in both the Western media and in scholarly
works. In the past two decades, few if any articles have been published on the militia and
fewer still scholarly works have been written about this subject. As a result, the Chinese
militia has become a relatively unknown organization. One might think that this lack of
attention simply shows that the militia has become unimportant and or has no where near
the influence it once did. But such a conclusion would be a major mistake. Throughout
Chinese history, from ancient times to modern Communist rule, the militia has played a
number of roles in both Chinese society and its defense strategy that have helped shape
the China we know today while at other times the militia has appeared dormant. But the
militia has always remained a resource available for use by the Chinese government in
times of need. This paper argues that although the Chinese militia in some ways seems to
have faded into the background again, it would be a mistake to conclude that the militia
has become irrelevant.
Imagine a force of millions of Chinese civilians armed with assault rifles, guided
missiles, artillery, and the ability to possibly use it, all directed by the Chinese
Communist government. Such a force exists in China today in the form of the Chinese
militia. Yet there is very little information on such a large well-armed force. For the last
two decades the militia has fallen off the radar in both the Western media and in scholarly
works. In the past two decades, few if any articles have been published on the militia and
fewer still scholarly works have been written about this subject. As a result, the Chinese
militia has become a relatively unknown organization. One might think that this lack of
attention simply shows that the militia has become unimportant and or has no where near
the influence it once did. But such a conclusion would be a major mistake. Throughout
Chinese history, from ancient times to modern Communist rule, the militia has played a
number of roles in both Chinese society and its defense strategy that have helped shape
the China we know today while at other times the militia has appeared dormant. But the
militia has always remained a resource available for use by the Chinese government in
times of need. This paper argues that although the Chinese militia in some ways seems to
have faded into the background again, it would be a mistake to conclude that the militia
has become irrelevant.

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Published by: Sean on Dec 07, 2010
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