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People's Liberation Army
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Together with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the state apparatus, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is one of the three pillars of the Chinese regime. In fact, between 1927 and 1949, the party and the "Red Army" (as the PLA was known during that time) were indistinguishable. With China moving towards the goal of becoming a modern state and a modern society, the PLA is also on the road to modernization.

1. Beginnings: The Red Army

The CCP and th…

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Frankenstein, John, “People's Liberation Army”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 08 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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