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PLAAF restructures its Airborne Corps

6th September 2017 - 07:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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Greater clarity has begun to emerge about the radical restructuring of China’s airborne force – what was once referred to as the 15th Airborne Corps – under the parent command of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). 

The airborne formation, headquartered in Xiaogan in Hubei Province, is a rapid-reaction unit held in readiness for expeditionary or mobile tasks within China and, as the country increasingly looks outwards, for overseas contingencies too.

Whilst exalting the fact that PLAAF paratroopers won 11 out of 12 events against limited competition during last month’s International Army Games, an article published on a website

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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