Has the PLA really overlooked its amphibious force?
A member of the foundation's Board of Advisors, Grant Newsham writes in this piece in The Interpreter published by the Lowy Institute that the PLA Marine Corps is scheduled to increase from approximately 20,000 to 100,000 Marines. "Within a few years, the Chinese equivalent of a US Navy-Marine Corps Amphibious Ready Group will be making the rounds in Asia, including the Indian Ocean." Mr. Newsham goes on to underscore that,
" Westerners routinely underestimate China, but speaking as a former Marine officer, one might fairly say Beijing understands the importance of amphibious forces at least as well as the US Navy, and sometimes 'gets it' even better."
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