I intend this thread to be more for information purposes than for active discussions. I would like to request a sticky for this. But if Mods feel they can be merged with any such thread already existing, pelase do so. The idea is that if we actually know what the PLA and related forces are all about, we may be able to have more meaningful discussions. Disclaimer: A Lot of info is taken from Welcome to China Defense.com, an excellent if somewhat intellectually demanding portal for discussions about the Chinese Armed Forces. Our very own OOE is a moderator and regular contributor there.