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Following China's National Day parade on 1 October, when the PLA displayed a range of advanced new weapon systems, military sources revealed that the Chinese army would shed up to 700,000 troops within the next two to three years, according to news agency Reuters. China's armed forces consist of 2.185 million personnel, with the army accounting for 1.6 million of these. It also has a further 1.5 million reserve and paramilitary forces. The PLA has already experienced substantial cuts in recent decades, having reduced its head count by one million in 1985, by 500,000 in 1997 and by 200,000 in 2003. Following China's National Day parade on 1 October, when the PLA displayed a range of advanced new weapon systems, military sources revealed that the Chinese army would shed up to 700,000 troops within the next two to three years, according to news agency Reuters.

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