Is the Chinese Army the Real Winner in PLA Reforms
National Defense University Washington United States
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Ground force officers run Chinas military, the Peoples Liberation Army PLA. About 70 percent of PLA soldiers serve in the PLA ArmyPLAA, and ground officers occupy almost all senior positions on the Central Military Commission CMC and in Chinas new theater commands. The PLAs history, traditions, and organizational culture are all built upon the PLAA role in bringing the Chinese Communist Party CCP to power. Until the establishment of a separate army headquarters in January 2016,the PLAs major organizations the general departments existed primarily to serve the needs of the army.1 Pictures of the CMC staff or of visiting Chinese National Defense University delegations show only a smattering of navy white and air force blue uniforms in a sea of army green.