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How does one justify to international opinion, strikes against targets that are also civilian? With Ministry of Ordnance plants gearing up to the estimated two-thirds production output for civilian goods in 1990,45 even those factories once thought to be military can no longer be readily distinguished. As one anecdotal account puts it, 'The change-over sometimes produces weird results. An American delegation was recently escorted through the Shenyang Aircraft Factory, home of the Chinese F-8 jet fighter project.
But ultimately they should aim for a form of military modernisation which follows the direction of China's strengths (a large territorial, human and weapons base) rather than aping its opponents, a policy which would draw attention to its weaknesses (economic underdevelopment and paucity of technical expertise). A modified people's war strategy is unlikely to make excessive demands on China's level 40 Defence Development 41 of technical proficiency. As demonstrated in Chapter I, the logic of Chinese strategy argues against dependence on high technology if it is to optimise its chances of survival in the primitive post-nuclear battlefield.
16 Given the importance accorded to national development in ensuring China's security, the pertinent questions which arise concern the way in which national defence modernisation is likely to be shaped by allocation of time and money. In other words, when and on what terms will the PLA modernise? MODERNISATION: (a) THE TIME VARIABLE With civil sector demands remaining uppermost in China's development priorities, the strength which the military hopes to derive from a sound industrial base will require time.