Monday, March 20, it was announced the downsizing of the army corps of the people’s liberation army (PLA), 200 thousand people. This, in particular, wrote the newspaper South China Morning Post and news Agency RIA Novosti.
Chinese President XI Jinping announced earlier that the country until the end of 2017 will reduce the armed forces by 300 thousand people from the non-combat part. Despite this, the PLA is the largest army in the world with a population of two million people.
According to media reports, it is planned to disband five of the 18 army corps, with part of the personnel can be redirected to serve in the missile forces, naval forces or air force of the PLA.
Informed sources told the South China Morning Post that China plans to increase the number of troops of the marine corps from the current 20 thousand to 100 thousand to protect the vital sea lanes and growing interests abroad. It was noted that part of the house contingent in the Chinese ports in Djibouti on the horn of Africa and Gwadar in southwest Pakistan. Two brigades of active troops had already moved into the marine corps, increasing its population by almost half.