What seems to be the case here is not a reduction of military personnel, but a reduction of the truth. The PLA/CCP has never been truthful in regards to military capability, whether it be nuclear forces or military budget, and shouldn’t be expected to now.
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, boasts some 850,000 officers spread across seven regional commands, according to the defence report which was issued on Tuesday.
Meanwhile the navy and air force have 235,000 and 398,000 officers respectively. Continue reading