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China building 100,000-strong Marine Corps

The Chinese military is about to bolster its Marine Corps to 100,000 personnel, a five-time increase from its current level of 20,000 troops.

The Chinese Defense Ministry sees a need to bolster its amphibious forces in order to protect its island claims in the South China Sea and elsewhere around the world, according to Chinese media.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is commander-in-chief of all armed forces, said the People’s Liberation Army and other branches will be trimmed by 300,000 personnel, to more than offset the increase in the Corps. Most of the cuts will come from ground forces.

“China is a maritime country and as we defend our maritime rights and develop our interests, the ­status of the navy will be more ­important,” Liu Xiaojiang, former navy political commissar, said.

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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