China is likely to rebuild its military by pumping in technology, and cutting down personnel, to enable its leaner armed force to project power far beyond their borders.
The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that the army has now absorbed less than half of the total personnel in the Chinese armed forces. Analysts saying that by downsizing its army, China is rapidly modernising its armed forces by sharply focusing, instead of manpower, on the expansion of its navy and air force — the key to expanding its military footprint far beyond its frontiers on land and sea.
Beijing is also modernising its nuclear deterrent, based on a triad of long-range missiles, bombers that can deliver atomic weapons, and nuclear submarines.
The size of China’s Type 094 nuclear submarines, which has entered service in 2010, is expected to climb to eight by 2020.
The News agency signalled that the navy, air force, rocket force and strategic support force, which handles areas such as cyber warfare, comprises more than half of China’s armed forces.
The agency also added in his report that “The Army’s share of the total number of troops in the military has fallen below 50%; the number of active duty members in non-combat institutions has been reduced by nearly half, and the number of officers has decreased by 30%.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s given remarks earlier this month in which he said that Beijing wants a peaceful unification with Taiwan on a one-country-two-systems basis. But Mr Xi Jinping also warned that China reserved the right to use force. In 1997, Hong Kong peacefully integrated with mainland China under the one-country-two-systems formulation, allowing the metropolis to function as a self-governing unit.
Last month the Chinese military experts also said that the “People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will have to operate at least five to six aircraft carriers in the near future, including the country’s first two nuclear-powered ones in order to exercise a blue water footprint. China has one aircraft carrier, while another has begun sea trials.”