People's Liberation Army facts for kids
|People's Liberation Army
Emblem of the People's Liberation Army
|Established||August 1, 1927|
|Parts|| PLA Ground Force
PLA Air Force
Second Artillery Corps
|Leaders of Central Military Commission||Xi Jinping (Chairman)
Fan Changlong (Vice-chairman)
Xu Qiliang (Vice-chairman)
|Minister of National Defense||General Chang Wanquan|
|Chief of PLA General Staff||General Fang Fenghui|
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|385,821,101 males, age 16–49 (2010 est),
363,789,674 females, age 16–49 (2010 est)
|Fit to be
|318,265,016 males, age 16–49 (2010 est),
300,323,611 females, age 16–49 (2010 est)
|10,406,544 males (2010 est),
9,131,990 females (2010 est)
|Active employees/soldiers||approximately 2,285,000(about 0.18% of population) (ranked 1st)|
|Deployed personnel||Overseas: ~300 anti-pirate personnel in Somalia
Paramilitary: approximately 1,500,000
Total: 4,585,000~ (ranked 6th)
|Budget||US$119 billion (2013) (ranked 2nd)|
|Percent of GDP||1.46% (2012 est.)|
|Annual imports|| Israel
|Annual exports|| Indonesia
|History||History of the PLA
Modernization of the PLA
The People's Liberation Army (or simply PLA) is the armed forces of the People's Republic of China. The army was established (founded) on August 1, 1927. The People's Liberation Army is the largest military force in the world. It has about 2,250,000 personnel or employees (about 0.18% of the population of China).
The PLA consists of five main branches: the PLA Ground Force, PLA Navy (PLAN), PLA Air Force (PLAAF), Second Artillery Corps (strategic missile force), and the PLA Reserve Force. Military service is compulsory (required) of for all men and women who reach the age of 18.
Images for kids
Troops of the PLA entering Beijing at some unknown period of time in 1949 during the Chinese Civil War (between 1945 and 1949)
Chinese PLA troops gathered on a T-34/85 or a Type 58 medium tank leaving North Korea in 1958, 5 years after the Korean War ended with an armistice (a ceasefire) in 1953. The banner in the background of the picture bears a slogan (in Chinese) which declares "The Friendship And Unity Of The Korean And Chinese Peoples Of Both Countries Are Always Steadfast And Strong!"
A Chengdu J-20 5th generation stealth fighter currently under development for the PLAAF.
PLA Factory No. 6907, Wuhan. The white characters on the blue sign roughly translate to: "Secret/Classified Area, Do Not Enter Unless Invited."
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