People’s Liberation Army

Frost covers the mask and part of the hat of a soldier of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) as he stand guard near the border of China and Russia in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

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Frost covers the mask and part of the hat of a soldier of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as he stand guard near the border of China and Russia in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

A Chinese People's Liberation Army cadet sits in a Main Battle Tank during a demonstration at the PLA's Armoured Forces Engineering Academy Base, in the outskirt of Beijing.

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A Chinese People’s Liberation Army cadet sits in a Main Battle Tank during a demonstration at the PLA’s Armoured Forces Engineering Academy Base, in the outskirt of Beijing.

A Chinese frontier soldier from the People's Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

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A Chinese frontier soldier from the People’s Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training in Heihe, Heilongjiang province

A member of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is seen behind a curtain before a welcoming ceremony for Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang (both not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China

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A member of the People’s Liberation Army is seen behind a curtain before a welcoming ceremony for Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte who is meeting his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

Security personnel walk past aircraft du...Security personnel walk past aircraft during the Karamay aviation tourism festival 2013 in Karamay, northwest China's Xinjiang region on August 16, 2013. The Breitling Jet Team and the Bayi Parachute Team of People's Liberation Army will take part in the show during the three-day festival that started on August 16.   CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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Security personnel walk past aircraft during the Karamay aviation tourism festival 2013 in Karamay, northwest China’s Xinjiang region on Friday. The Breitling Jet Team and the Bayi Parachute Team of People’s Liberation Army will take part in the show during the three-day festival 

A soldier from the People's Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training during the PLA Army Day in Wenzhou...A soldier from the People's Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training during the PLA Army Day in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, August 1, 2013. Picture taken August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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A soldier from the People’s Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training during the PLA Army Day in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China