Will be disbanded, five of the 18 combined armies of the land forces.
China may reduce the number of its ground forces by more than a quarter – to 200 thousand people. This writes the South China Morning Post, citing sources in the armed forces.
According to the newspaper, this reduction will occur in the framework of reform of the people’s liberation army (PLA). Will be disbanded, five of the 18 combined armies of the land forces: 14th, 16th, 20th, 27th and 47th.
Soldiers discharged or transferred to other types of troops. Dismissed will receive a one-time monetary compensation. Moreover, their payment can take several years.
Chinese President XI Jinping announced a reduction in the size of the army two years ago. He urged to reduce the armed forces by 300 thousand people. In early 2015, the Chinese army was 2.3 million people.
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