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China: Background Information
Navy The PLA Navy organises and commands maritime operations conducted independently by its troops or in support of maritime operations. The PLA Navy is organised into five service arms: submarine, surface, naval aviation, coastal defence and marine corps, as well as other specialised units. There are three fleets, the Beihai Fleet (North Sea), Donghai Fleet (East Sea) and Nanhai Fleet (South Sea).
Navyε215,000; 40,000 conscript (total 255,000)
The PLA Navy organises and commands maritime
operations conducted independently by its troops or
in support of maritime operations. The PLA Navy is
organised into five service arms: submarine, surface, naval
aviation, coastal defence and marine corps, as well as other
specialised units. There are three fleets, the Beihai Fleet
(North Sea), Donghai Fleet (East Sea) and Nanhai Fleet
The Military Balance 2011, p. 231, Ref UA 15 I5 2009
The Military Balance online: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=g934569189
Alice K. Juda
Phone: (401) 841-6503
China and Its Military
The FY 2000 National Defense Authorization Act mandated that an annual report be sent to Congress on the Military Power of the People’s Republic of China. That report, as well as China’s white papers on national defense and various official documents promulgated by Chinese government sources, give insights into what the United States knows about the military establishment in China.
Given its huge population, its growing economic presence in international trade and finance, and its increasing military capabilities, China is one of the major players on the world stage. It has the world’s largest military force--one that is actively modernizing.
China’s land, sea, and air forces are embodied in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the military arm of China’s Communist Party. The PLA encompasses five main service branches: the PLA Ground Force, PLA Navy (PLAN), PLA Air Force (PLAAF), Second Artillery Corps (strategic nuclear or missile force), and the PLA Reserve Force. China’s military policies and operational capacity merit careful attention as China becomes an ever more significant factor in world politics.
The Military Balance
Prof. Andrew S. Erickson,
China Maritime Studies Institute,
Naval War College
New Items of Interest
China Security Report 2011 (from the National Institute for Defense Studies (Japan), 10 February 2012
China's defense white paper: "China's National Defense in 2010."
United States Naval Institute Proceedings, April 2011, "China Spotlight," with articles by NWC professors Erickson, Goldstein, Lord, Holmes, Yoshihara, and Vego.
The Jamestown Foundation