Accession Number:

AD1147499

Title:

China's Military: The People's Liberation Army (PLA)

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2021-01-05

Pagination or Media Count:

3

Abstract:

The two-million-strong Peoples Liberation Army PLA is the military arm of the Peoples Republic of Chinas PRCs ruling Communist Party. The Trump Administration identified strategic competition with China and Russia as the primary concern in U.S. national security in 2018 and U.S. defense officials have since said that China is the U.S. Department of Defenses DODs top priority. According to a 2020 DOD report, the PLA has already achieved parity with - or even exceeded - the United States in several areas in which it has focused its military modernization efforts and is strengthening its ability to counter an intervention by an adversary in the Indo-Pacific region and project power globally. See also IF11712 on U.S.-China Military-to-Military Relations.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]