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Tens of thousands of PLA officers to go in China’s quest for a leaner, integrated military

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Officers will account for more than half of the 300,000 personnel to go in President Xi Jinping's plans to streamline the PLA, two sources close to the military told the South China Morning Post on Friday.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How China will rebuild its People's Liberation Army
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INFOGRAPHIC: How China will rebuild its People's Liberation Army

China is considering various proposals to overhaul the world’s biggest army, transforming it from a Soviet-era force into a Western-style power. Under one plan, the navy and the air force will have the same status as the army, and a national guard will replace the People’s Armed Police. Here, we look at that plan.
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