Friday, July 15, 2005

PLA on course to cut 200,000 personnel

PLA on course to cut 200,000 personnel 2005-07-15 08:21:17

BEIJING,July 15 -- People's Liberation Army (PLA) is on course to cut 200,000 military personnel by the end of the year, the PLA Daily, mouthpiece of China's armed forces, reported yesterday.

The military is currently carrying out extensive restructuring reform, adding new battle units and cutting outdated ones in an effort to create combat effectiveness and intensify the force's combat command capability, the report said.

The total number of officers at headquarters and functional branches at different command levels will be cut to a new low, and some grassroots posts previously held by officers will be transferred to soldiers or civil servants.

"The readjustment and reform programme is now proceeding smoothly," Zang Guoqing, head of the army affairs department with the PLA's Headquarters of the General Staff, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

China announced in September 2003 that it would reduce its military from 2.5 million to about 2.3 million in two years.

Zang urged all military units to strictly abide by the restructuring plan as it was an important decision made by the Central Military Commission to optimize its military structure.

"Only when the new organizational system is well-implemented can we complete the task of reducing 200,000 military staff by the end of this year," Zang said.

He said that the headquarters had inspected several military commands and found some problems.

For example, in some cases the number of staff and vehicles were much more than allowed under the new system, and Zang urged them to make changes as required.

According to a white paper on China's national defence, released by the Information Office of the State Council late last year, the cuts will mainly affect officers and those from non-combatant institutions.

Since New China was established in 1949, the PLA has reduced in size nine times, with the total number of troops cut from 6.27 million in 1951 to 2.5 million in 2003.

According to the white paper, the PLA will optimize its structure by streamlining land forces and strengthening the development of navy, air and missile forces.

(Source: China Daily)

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The new "Chinese Foreign Legionnaires"

This is the funniest thing I had seen lately. It's obviously that the two long-noises were having fun with their new purchase of pre-1980s PLA uniforms replicas from a souvenir shop. --- Timothy Yan

Saturday, July 02, 2005

The Type 63A firing its 105mm main gun over Water

I never expected the Type 63A amphibious light tank is actually capable of fire its 105mm main gun while cruising in the water. It must has a very high efficiency recoil buffer. --- Timothy Yan