Assessing the ambitious reforms of the Chinese People's Liberation Army

progress, problems and prospects

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The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been given a new mission focused on 21st century joint deterrent and warfighting operations up to and beyond the second island chain and into the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is being reorganised accordingly, with internal and border security handed over to the People’s Armed Police, the PLA Navy (including the Marines) expanded, and a new Rocket Force and a Strategic Support Force added. The reorganisation is to be completed between 2035 and the People’s Republic of China centenary in 2049.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationUnited service
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • People's Liberation Army (PLA)
  • Australia
  • PLA reforms
  • PLA Army
  • PLA Navy
  • PLA Air Force
  • PLA Rocket Force
  • PLA Strategic Support Force
  • United States

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