China will reduce army to under 1m in biggest troop cut

Dhaka,  Mon,  21 August 2017
Published : 12 Jul 2017, 18:19:34 | Updated : 12 Jul 2017, 18:28:33
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China will reduce army to under 1m in biggest troop cut

China will reduce army to under 1m in biggest troop cut
BEIJING: China will downsize its 2.3 million-strong military, the world’s largest, to under one million in the biggest troop reduction in its history as part of a restructuring process, an official Chinese daily said, reports Times of India.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will increase the numbers of other services, including navy and missile forces, the PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military, reported.

Jun Zhengping Studio, a Chinese social WeChat account run by the newspaper published an article on structural reform in the military, saying that “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 said.

It added that the number of troops in the PLA Navy, PLA Strategic Support Force and the PLA Rocket Force will be increased, while the PLA Air Force’s active service personnel will remain the same.

According to the Ministry of Defence data, the PLA Army had about 8.50 lakh combat troops in 2013. No official numbers of the total strength of PLA Army were released.

Earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping had announced that the PLA will be cut by three lakh troops.

”The total PLA personnel was about 2.3 million before the country announced a cut of 300,000 troops in 2015,” state-run Global Times reported.

(compiled by Rafiqul Islam)

 
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