If you’re a soldier in China, applying to leave the army is likely to leave a black mark on your social credit score.
While her peers donned suits and started their careers in office buildings or flew abroad to further their studies, 22-year-old French major Zhang Zixuan disappeared to a training ground in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region upon graduation from university last June.
As China's military looks to reform domestically, it's also expanding its presence abroad.
China's share of global arms exports rose from 3.8 percent to 6.2 percent from 2012 to 2016 as the country became the third-largest weapon supplier in the world after the U.S. and Russia, according to the latest data released by the SIPRI.
More than 6,000 kilometers away from his home and family, 25-year-old Li Junying waked up at 6 am in southern Lebanon and prepared to search for idle mines scattered along the United Nations Blue Line.
On Jan. 30, the TV channel of 81.cn, the website of the People's Liberation Army, released a video unveiling the demeanor of soldiers who guard the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.
The video of a quake survivor searching for the army officer who saved his life 10 years ago has attracted a lot of attention on China's social media.
Her father was fascinated by space and a huge fan of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, and Neil Armstrong, the first to walk on the moon, when he was a middle school student. He signed up for the PLA astronaut program without hesitation.
A cadets from the PLA Naval University of Engineering shared with classmates his stories of spending three months on the Romanian Navy's sail training ship "Mircea" for an oceangoing visit mission to seven countries on the New Year's Day of 2018.
The Australian Army has heralded the "courage" of Chinese soldiers, after a six-day trilateral training mission that also included the United States wrapped up in Cairns, Australia.
With local patients packed with a temporary clinic in the midst of Djibouti's humid weather, sweats dropped down from the foreheads of Chinese doctors, who were carefully treating villagers through traditional Chinese medicine and modern therapy.
In recent years, the Chinese military has sent medical units to Haiti, Nepal and Pakistan for disaster relief after earthquakes, floods, and other medical security tasks. In addition, more than 100 groups of experts have also been sent to Laos, Zambia and other Asian and African countries to carry out medical aid.
In the past 20 years, they have secured a firm footing here through unremitting and concrete efforts, and have been recognized as a strong and civilized force in Hong Kong, becoming a "stabilizer" that protects the prosperity and stability of the SAR.
"I believe China and the US and their militaries should pursue win-win cooperation on the principle of non-conflict, non-confrontation and mutual respect. That's the only way to keep the bilateral relations moving forward."
The 13th Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to Darfur of Sudan wrapped up the upgrading and renovation task for the Nyala International Airport on May 31, 2017 after 131 days of continuous work.
To express thanks to the Chinese Navy that disperses peace and friendship, the woman deliberately named her daughter "Chin".
The Greater Hinggan Mountains, stretching from northwestern Heilongjiang province to the east of Inner Mongolia autonomous region, are home to China's largest forest and dubbed as the "Green Treasure".
The great powers have their own responsibilities. The relationship between China and neighboring countries needs to develop in a way beneficial to regional security and the development of neighboring countries. The ultimate goal is to achieve win-win cooperation and to carry out the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.
What does a Chinese warship captain do when his vessel encounters an American one on the open sea and the US captain tries to start a conversation?
About 1,000 dogs are currently serving in China's military forces, and, in accordance with a directive on army dogs issued by the PLA in 2015, they are regarded as special soldiers and official members of combat units.