Assessing PLA Capability Development Western Theatre Command


The United States Department of Defence Annual Report to Congress on Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2018 has been released. The Report [hereinafter called the Pentagon 2018 Report] outlines a number of vectors of capability development of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) based on reorganisation and modernisation noticed in 2017. China’s Defence Ministry has rejected the  Pentagon 2018 Report calling it as misrepresenting  and exaggerating the, “so-called China military threat.” Nevertheless when compared with developments tracked concomitantly during the year, a capability profile of the PLA Western Theatre Command can be visualised. Specific to the PLA Army the reorganisation and modernisation undertaken provides the forces rapid reaction capability on the Tibetan Plateau with possible decentralisation of command and control to the Western Theatre Command................. [830 Words].

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