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Beijing (China), Jan 22 (ANI): China has slashed the size of its Army by about 50 per cent and boosted other units like strategic support force responsible for cyber warfare, according to the country's official news agency Xinhua.

"This new data is unprecedented in the history of the PLA (People's Liberation Army) the army now accounts for less than 50 per cent of the total number of PLA troops; almost half of our non-combatant units have been made redundant, and the number of officers in the PLA has been reduced by 30

per cent," the news agency said.

It said the four other branches of the PLA

the navy, air force, rocket force and strategic support force, which is responsible for areas such as cyberwarfare now jointly make up more than half of the Chinese military, overtaking the army.

Significantly, Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, on Sunday last, indicated that China was spending huge amounts of money on cyber warfare and artificial intelligence and that Indian Army would need to be ready for future dimensions of war.

Rawat had said a revolution was taking place in the military affairs due to the

advancement in technology.

"Our adversary on the northern borders is spending a huge amount of money on

artificial intelligenceand cyber warfare. We cannot be left behind. It is time for us also to focus onartificial intelligenceand big data analysis rather than just keeping in confined to near definitions," Gen Rawat had said.

Earlier, Chinese President

Xi Jinping had said the armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle.

Xi,

who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, had told a meeting of the top military authority that China faced increasing risks and challenges, and the armed forces must work to secure its security and development needs.

On January 12, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon

's intelligence wing, released an annual report highlighting the radical reorganization of China's PLA to become faster-responding, more flexible and more lethal than ever before.

"This report offers insights into the modernization of Chinese military power as it reforms from a defensive, inflexible ground-based force charged with domestic and peripheral security responsibilities to a joint, highly agile, expeditionary, and power-projecting arm of Chinese foreign policy tha

t engages in military diplomacy and operations across the globe," wrote Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, who heads the Pentagon's intelligence arm. (ANI)

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