(MENAFN- Saudi Press Agency) Beijing Dhu-AlQa'dah 19 1436 September 03 2015 SPA -- The Chinese military will cut 300000 troops
President Xi Jinping said Thursday during a speech in
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II dpa reported.
It marks the fourth time that China will reduce its troop levels
since the 1980s Xinhua reported.
In 1985 the country announced it would cut 1 million troops to focus
on economic development the report said. The reductions were
instituted over the next several years.
In 1997 China lowered troop levels by another 500000 bringing the
total size of the People's Liberation Army to 2.5 million.
Between 2003 and 2005 China cut another 200000 military personnel
leaving some 2.3 million troops in place Xinhua said.
10:30 LOCAL TIME 07:30 GMT
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