PLA leaders also are viewed as conflict averse over concerns any major conflict would cost the lives of their sole sons or daughters—an outgrowth of the decades long Chinese population control policies.

relatives: What's the structure of the sentence?

  • What do you not understand? to be [noun] over something.
    – Lambie
    Jul 13, 2018 at 13:35
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    It might be easier to read if it was properly punctuated as conflict-averse (that is, averse to conflict).
    – stangdon
    Jul 13, 2018 at 13:57
  • @Lambie I didn't understand "someone is viewed as conflict averse".
    – Zhang Jian
    Jul 13, 2018 at 14:11

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...concerns [that] any major conflict...

...[which is] an outgrowth...

over concerns = because of concerns

over introduces the basis for an emotion in this usage:

He is upset over the accident.

The phrase conflict-averse means "averse to conflict", i.e. wanting to avoid conflict.

"conflict-averse over concerns" is awkward.

over should be because or inasmuch as or any other phrase that indicates cause-and-effect.

... they are conflict-averse because they fear any major conflict would cost the lives of their sole sons or daughters

  • What's the meaning of "conflict averse"?
    – Zhang Jian
    Jul 13, 2018 at 13:58
  • I was typing as you were commenting :)
    – TimR
    Jul 13, 2018 at 14:01

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