By comparison, the US military has 1.4 million active-duty members.
The paramilitary serves as an auxiliary force for the People’s Liberation Army. During times of peace, it’s primarily concerned with law enforcement and internal security.
In times of war, they could triple the size of China’s available military force — a potentially crucial source of strength, considering Beijing’s ongoing tensions with its neighbours over its borders and various islands in the South China Sea.
Reuters published a photo of a Chinese paramilitary member crawling through the sand in 102-degree temperatures. We decided to take a look at the paramilitary police training, and at what China’s massive auxiliary force goes through.
This report is originally by Brian Jones.
The training shows that China wants to be have millions of trained soldiers at its disposal if it ever had to fight one of its neighbours.
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