White Paper on China's National Defense in 2002

The Information Office of the State Council published a white paper entitled "China's National Defense in 2002" on December 9, 2002, which gives an account of the country's defense policy and progress in national defense over the past two years. Following is the full text of the white paper:

Foreword

I. The Security Situation

II. National Defense Policy

III. The Armed Forces

IV.National Defense Building

V. Armed Forces Building

VI. In ternational Security Cooperation

VII. Armed Control and Disarmament

Appendix I Main Military Laws and Regulations Issued Since 2000

Appendix II Major Military Exchanges with Other Countries in 2001-2002

Appendix III. Participation in Security Consultations in 2001-2002

Appendix IV. Participation in UN Peace-keeping Operations

Appendix V. Chinese Armed Forces' Participation Since 2000 in Assisting Japan
in Handling the Chemical Weapons Abandoned by Japan in China

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