What is China’s PLA doing in Laos?

Beijing’s ‘Train of Peace’ mission to provide medical care to Lao armed forces was nominally a goodwill mission but underscored the country’s strategic importance to China’s plans for Southeast Asia.

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the world’s largest fighting force with over 2.3 million soldiers, is fast expanding its operations in its near abroad.

Sanos 4dA 90-person PLA medical team recently concluded a little noticed goodwill mission in neighboring Laos.

Dubbed “Train of Peace 2017”, the team of Chinese army medics and physicians brought medicine, equipment and a newly deployed 14-tent field hospital to the…

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