15 Jul '17, 4am

China to Trim Its Army: What Does It Mean for India and the Region?

China to Trim Its Army: What Does It Mean for India and the Region?

China is planning to cut down its 2.3 million-strong military, the world's largest, to below one million in the biggest troop reduction as part of a restructuring process. Indian experts said the People's Liberation Army (PLA) downsizing has implications for India and the wider region. The PLA will increase the numbers of other services, including navy and missile forces, the PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military, reported. "The old military structure, where the army accounts for the vast majority, will be replaced after the reform. The reform is based on China's strategic goals and security requirements. In the past, the PLA focused on ground battle and homeland defence, which will undergo fundamental changes," the report said. "This is the first time that active PLA army personnel would be reduced to below one million," it added. The report said the n...

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