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The new red army: Xi Jinping's vision for People's Liberation Army

President-for-life Xi Jinping plans to turn the People's Liberation Army into a modernised force by 2035 and a world-class army by 2050.

When Xi Jinping last year announced two goals for the People's Liberation Army's transformation-completing its modernisation by 2035 and building a "world-class" force by 2050-it served as a reminder of how far the once bloated PLA has come.

Where once it wore with pride the tag of the world's largest standing army of 2.3 million, Beijing's strategists now view this accolade with embarrassment and are more

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