Young Blood On Rapid Rise In China’s PLA

Young Blood On Rapid Rise In China’s PLA

By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is showing signs of being full of young bloods unlike few years ago when there were full of elderly officers. Besides, the PLA is expected to become younger in general as many young soldiers attained the rank of general. This means that the PLA, which was once called “old army”, is expected to change completely. According to a source in Beijing familiar with the Chinese military on Wednesday, this assertion is not an exaggeration considering the number of lieutenant generals who have been promoted from major general since Army Day (August 1st). While it wouldn't have been easy before to move up to colonel, many soldiers in their early 50s, or so called “liu ling hou” (post-60s) generation made great advances. It has been found that 5 soldiers out of 27 on the promotion list were “liu ling hou.”

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