Emblem of the People's Liberation Army Navy
Emblem of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force
A gunboat in used in the Battle of Toumenshan
Tank troops on display at the 10th anniversary of the founding of the PRC in 1959
Haifa base commander Brig. Gen. Eli Sharvit welcomes RADM Yang Jun-Fei to Israel in 2012
The five theater commands of the PLA
PLAN Captain Wang, commanding officer of the destroyer Jinan greets USN Captain Lyle Hall during a goodwill port visit in 2015
A PLAGF soldier armed with a QBZ-191 assault rifle and QSZ-92A pistol with Type-19 uniform in the 2021 International Army Games
A Type 052C destroyer, Changchun, in Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia in 2017
Troops of the People's Armed Police
Major naval units in the PLA military regions in 2006
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace shakes hands with Chinese tankers at Shenyang in 2007
Sailors from the U.S. Navy talk with Chinese Navy sailors from the destroyer Xi'an after the Rim of the Pacific 2016 (RIMPAC 2016) exercise
alt=vehicle with painted camouflage|Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force in 2011
PLAN Marines of the 1st Marine Brigade and members of the USMC fire the Type 95 Assault Rifle during an exchange exercise in 2006.
PLAGF and Oregon National Guard work alongside during a disaster response exercise in 2017
A PLAN marine with a boarding team assigned to the guided missile destroyer Haikou during a maritime operations exercise in RIMPAC 2014.
PLAGF infantryman at the International Army Games in 2021
China's critical sea lines of communication. In 2004, over 80 percent of Chinese crude oil imports transited the Straits of Malacca, with less than 2 percent transiting the Straits of Lombok.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates greets Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan in Beijing, China on 5 November 2007
Frigate "Weifang" (China)
Military guard of the PLAGF in 2012
Frigate "Linyi" (China)
PLAGF infantrymen at the 2015 China Victory Day Parade
Maritime claims in the South China Sea
alt=vehicle with painted camouflage|ZLT-11 assault vehicle
Dongguan aground on the Half Moon Shoal, 22 July 2011
alt=Vehicle with Self-Propelled Artillery|PLZ-05 self-propelled howitzer
PLANS Xiamen (DDG-154) 20180420
alt=Multiple rocket launchers|PHL-03 multiple rocket launcher
Geographic boundaries of the First and Second Island Chains
alt=Two attack helicopters in the air|CAIC Z-10 attack helicopter
alt=Two soldier holding assault rifles|Infantrymen with QBZ-95
Type 99 tank

Having traditionally been subordinated to the PLA Ground Force, PLAN leaders were able to advocate for a renewed attention towards the seas.

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The People's Liberation Army (PLA) theater commands are joint operation commands that hold extensive controls over the PLA Ground Force, the Navy, the Air Force, the Rocket Force, and the Strategic Support Force.

- People's Liberation Army Ground Force
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People's Liberation Army

Principal military force of the People's Republic of China and the armed wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Principal military force of the People's Republic of China and the armed wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Emblem of the People's Liberation Army
PLA troops entering Beijing in 1949 during the Chinese Civil War
Chinese troops gathered on a T-34/85 or a Type 58 medium tank leaving North Korea in 1958, 5 years after the Korean War ended with an armistice (a ceasefire) in 1953. The banner in the background of the picture bears a slogan (in Chinese) which declares "The Friendship And Unity of the North Korean And Chinese Peoples Are Always Steadfast And Strong!"
Marshal Lin Biao surveying the soldiers during the 10th-anniversary military parade in 1959.
The PLA Honor Guard in Beijing, 2007
The CMC is ceremonially housed in the Ministry of National Defense compound ("August 1st Building")
The five theater commands of the PLA
A Type 99A main battle tank in service with the PLAGF
A PLAN destroyer conducting maritime interdiction operations at RIMPAC 2016
A Chengdu J-20 5th generation stealth fighter
DF-21Ds at the 2015 Victory Parade
A PLA Navy Special Operations Forces marine during a maritime operations exercise in RIMPAC 2014.
The range of the PLA Rocket Force's medium and intercontinental ballistic missiles (2006)
A pie chart showing global military expenditures by country for 2019, in US$ billions, according to SIPRI
PLA Factory No. 6907, Wuhan. The white characters on the blue sign roughly translate to: "Secret/Classified Area, Do Not Enter Unless Invited."
The Central Military Band of the People's Liberation Army of China at the Great Hall of the People. The band is a common performer of the military anthem of the PLA at ceremonial protocol events.
alt=A golden star, along with three Chinese characters, placed on a red background.|PLA
alt=A golden star, along with three Chinese characters, placed on a red background. At the bottom of a flag is a green bar.|Ground Force
alt=A golden star, along with three Chinese characters, placed on a red background. At the bottom of a flag are stripes of blue, white, blue, white and blue.|Navy
alt=A golden star, along with three Chinese characters, placed on a red background. At the bottom of a flag is a sky blue bar.|Air Force
alt=A golden star, along with three Chinese characters, placed on a red background. At the bottom of a flag is a yellow bar.|Rocket Force

The PLA consists of five service branches: the Ground Force, Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force, and Strategic Support Force.