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Impact of COVID-19 on the Chinese Armed Forces

Updated: May 20, 2022


Executive Summary


This assessment examines the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). We argue that:

  • Claims of zero COVID-19 infections in the PLA do not stand up to scrutiny.

  • The outbreak has had a limited, short-term impact on China’s defence industry and armed forces recruitment. Long-term impacts will depend upon China’s economic recovery.

  • The PLA’s aggressive maritime posturing amid the global pandemic is likely to prove counterproductive in the long run.

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