Monday, March 27, 2017

China Is Building A 100,000 Marine Corps

Chinese amphibious tanks and marines storm a beachhead in an assault drill during a Sino-Russian joint military exercise in Shandong province. Photo: XinhuaSource:Supplied

The Diplomat: China Is Building a 100,000 Strong Marine Corps

The People’s Liberation Army allegedly plans to increase the size of its amphibious assault troops by 400 percent.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is set to increase the size of its Marine Corps from about 20,000 to 100,000, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on March 13. According to unnamed PLA insiders and experts interviewed by SCMP, elements of the expanded Marine Corps would be stationed abroad, including Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and Gwadar in southwest Pakistan.

The PLA Marine Corps (PLAMC), part of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), has gradually been expanding its size over the last couple of years as its mission is slowly expanding from conducting operations in China’s coastal areas — including defending Chinese holdings in the East and South China Seas, next to preparing for a possible amphibious assault on Taiwan — to more global roles.

“The PLA marines will be increased to 100,000, consisting of six brigades in the coming future to fulfill new missions of our country,” a source told SCMP. The source also noted that two combat brigades were already transferred to the PLAMC, increasing the size from roughly 12,000 (two understrength brigades) to around 20,000.

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Andrew Jackson said...

Fake news!

James said...

It's a pretty safe be that the West and China will never really understand each other. China though must be awfully confident in their goals to be this overt. This is not their usual policy.

Anonymous said...

One of the things they will have to do is learn English. Being patriotic about your language doesn't help you on the international scene. I remember the calls to learn Chinese more than 2 decades ago. one but the people who are naturally good at languages, the highly educated and motivated cared..the burden is just too high, as Chinese is one of the most difficult languages on Earth to master (from a phonetic point of view). Now when their marines arrive in any country they will face huge language barriers. Until translation technology is good enough (5-10 years) to master dialects and cope with background noise (think gun shots and bomb explosions) you will face problems. Think Google translate is ready? Not really. Google translate (and others even more) are great for mainstream languages and without dialect. .even more so for voice translation. ..Plus it requires cloud access for voice translation for obvious reasons. ..good luck guys :))