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The PLA in Guangdong Province: Warlordism and Localism

Goodman, D.S.G. (2021) The PLA in Guangdong Province: Warlordism and Localism. In: Yang, R.H., Hu, J.C., Yu, P.K.H. and Yang, A.N.D., (eds.) Chinese Regionalism. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group, pp. 207-222.

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The party-state system in the province includes a considerable concentration of People's liberation army forces. Guangdong is the location of the headquarters of the Guangzhou military region, whose central missions include the security of the South China coastal areas as well as of the interior Hunan and Hubei provinces. In July 1979, the central government approved a package of special policies for the province, that has been the essential foundation for its development since. Subsequent experiments have involved not only substantial provincial budgetary independence, but also enterprise management, pricing policies, housing provisions, and the establishment of the special economic zones. In addition to such general arguments, Guangdong's relationship with Beijing and with other parts of China, and its potential for warlordism are determined by a more complex set of economic, political, strategic and military considerations. Whilst China's economy is clearly one important determinant of Guangdong's development, it is no longer the only economic determinant.

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