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LAURIE BURKITT is a Research Aide for the editorial board at the Washington Post. She has served as a research assistant in Asian studies at the American Enterprise Institute. In order to improve mine safety regulations in China, Ms. Burkitt reviewed grant proposals for the U.S. Department of Labor in the fall of 2002. Her experience in China ranges from teaching English to working at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. from Columbia University.
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Edited by Ms. Laurie Burkitt, Dr. Andrew Scobell, Dr. Larry M. Wortzel.
With the armed forces of the People's Republic of China (PLA) celebrating its 75th anniversary on August 1, 2002, it only seemed appropriate and timely to take stock of the world's largest military. The PLA has officially been in existence for three-quarters of a century, and its history is one filled with turmoil and warfare.