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The People's Liberation Army (PLA; simplified Chinese: 中国人民解放军; traditional Chinese: 中國人民解放軍; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rénmín Jiěfàngjūn), is the official name of the Chinese armed forces. Founded in 1921 under the control of Communist Party of China, they participated in the Chinese Civil War, extended over certain periods between 1927 to 1950. As the PLA was victorious over the Republic of China's forces, the Communist Party of China took control officially in 1949 and created the People's Republic of China. To this day, the PLA became the main military force of the PRC. Presently, it consists of 5 branches: the Ground Force, the Navy, the Air Force, the Second Artillery Corps and the Armed Police. It currently has the largest number of active personnel in the world at 2.3 million soldiers.
In Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the vast majority of the SDC appear to mostly consist of the PLA, given that many of the soldiers serving under the SDC are Chinese in the campaign and multiplayer.
XPR-50 (used by Xiao in Strike team)
Notable members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army
- Although the Type 25 is considered an improved version of the PLA's current Type 95 rifle, the PLA has hardly used Type 25 in any mission. They use bullpup firearms like Chicom CQB, SMR, QBB LSW and MTAR more frequently.
- PLA soldiers speak Chinese with a Hong Kong accent or Taiwanese accent, which is very strange as the PLA mainly recruit people from the mainland.
- In Call of Duty ELITE, the SDC is referred to as the PLA in recent matches.