When a country possesses the largest army in the world, its equipment requirements will obviously be vast. Such is the case with China. With 2.3 million personnel in all four services of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), an enormous amount of wheeled and tracked vehicles are required for combat, mobility, logistics and specialist roles. In terms of combat vehicles, it is estimated the PLA fields 8,000 tanks and as many as 25,000 artillery pieces.
Obtaining access to operational PLA vehicles is an extremely difficult task because of the Chinese military's paranoia over security and foreign spying. Therefore, exercise photographs such as are commonplace in Western armies are virtually non-existent in China. For the purpose of the first comprehensive overview of modern Chinese army vehicles, this publication utilises photographs taken at exhibitions, open days and parades in both Hong Kong and China.