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This assessment received government comments and feedback on the finalised data. These comments have been incorporated into the assessment at the GDI research team’s discretion. Usually the comments received highlight where a bill is in formulation, or has recently passed into law, and this has been missed by the country assessor. Only comments which are grounded in evidence are incorporated into the assessment.
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China faces very high corruption risk across its defence institutions. Tight executive control means there is little scope for external oversight or involvement in policymaking, financial management or procurement, which are also highly secretive and opaque. Personnel management standards are more robust and contain some anti-corruption provisions although they too are limited.
Arms Trade Information for China