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.
Plots that are often seen in films like spying, monitoring, lurking, undercover investigation and taking pictures secretly seem quite far away from us, but spies are actually everywhere in the real world and they have imposed severe damages to the national security interests.
Persistence will pay off. Wang Qi has received response from the Indian government in regards to returning to his home country.
As some expert correctly pointed out, the combination of national forces and the rise and decline of them are reshaping the international landscape today.
John Yee, a Flying Tigers veteran who just celebrated his 95th birthday, remembers the moment when Japanese bombs fell on Pearl Harbor. He was in southwest China's biggest city of Kunming at the time, handpicked as one of 30 translators to work with the Flying Tigers there.
A 94-year-old visually handicapped WWII veteran from eastern city of Wuxi finally fulfilled his long-held dream of touching and feeling China's latest tanks on Sunday, six days after his wish was posted on weibo, or micro blog, by a volunteer.
"A nation full of military wisdom loves peace so much," IIdephonse found out that the training has "Chinese characteristics" unexpectedly.
Well in his nineties, this naval veteran also wished to see China become a maritime power in the world one day. "I'm sure it will come true," he said.
It was past 4 p.m. on Nov 23, on the campus of the College of Defense Studies of the PLA National Defense University, we came across Mr Tariq, who was taking a walk after concluding his afternoon classes.
Five women are training to be the People's Liberation Army's first female combat helicopter pilots, the PLA has announced.
CNS Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, is currently serving as a training ship for the next generation of officers who will serve on the country's aircraft carriers.
Cheng Haixia is a second class petty officer aboard the CNS Liaoning. He is also morale officer, so in his free time, the 40-year-old veteran regularly checks the ship's internal message board to help solve the problems new recruits often experience.
He left as a boy, but after two years in the army Zhao Songqing returned to college as a man.