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.
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 yesterday 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”.
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 lakhcombat troops in 2013. No official numbers of the total strength of PLA Army were released.