President may use boost from Beijing parade to unveil revamp which would cut personnel and put army, navy and air force on equal footings
China is close to unveiling a drastic plan to transform the world’s largest army into a nimble, modern force on par with the best of the West.
“Many people in the PLA expect to see some major announcements after the parade,” Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said. “Parades like this boost morale and patriotism. It will provide Xi a good opportunity to announce his ambitious plans on how to transform the PLA into a real modern army capable of winning wars.”