People’s Liberation Army (PLA)

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is the military force of the People’s Republic of China. Founded on 1st August 1927, today it is the world’s largest military force and the armed wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It constitutes the second largest defense budget in the world. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is one of the fastest modernizing militaries in the world and aims to be a military superpower.

People's Liberation Army (PLA)
People’s Liberation Army (PLA)

It has five branches

  1. Ground Force
  2. Navy
  3. Air Force
  4. Rocket Force
  5. Strategic Support Force

Governed by Central Military Commission(CMC) and Chaired by Chief of Army Staff, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is further divided in different theater commands.

Theater Commands of PLA
Theater Commands of PLA
  1. Western Theater Command
  2. Northern Theater Command
  3. Central Theater Command
  4. Eastern Theater Command
  5. Southern Theater Command

Reception in Pakistan

01 Aug 2022, in Rawalpindi, 95th Anniversary of the founding of Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) was commemorated at General Head Quarters (GHQ). General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa at 95th PLA's Anniversary at GHQ
COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa at 95th PLA’s Anniversary at GHQ

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr Nong Rong attended the event along with officials from Chinese Embassy & Officers from tri-services of Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of China, Mr Nong Rong thanked COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa for hosting reception on the eve of PLA’s 95th Anniversary.

Chinese Ambassador, Mr Nong Rong said that,

“China & Pakistan are iron brothers, all-weather friends & strategic partners.”

“The recent meeting of China- Pakistan Joint Committee of Cooperation held at China has setup an important platform for military collaborations which will serve effectively for military-to-military relations between the two countries.”

COAS (General Qamar Javed Bajwa) felicitated People’s Liberation Army and lauded People’s Liberation Army’s role in China’s defence, security & nation building. Highlighting various facets of the deep rooted ties between the two states, militaries and the people, COAS (General Qamar Javed Bajwa) said,

“Pakistan China relationship is unique & robust that has proven its resilience in the face of challenges.”

“PLA and Pakistan Army are brothers in arms & our relationship will continue to contribute towards safeguarding our collective interests.”

COAS concluded.

Author: Ali Hassan



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