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Following the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War, Taiwan came under administrative control of the Republic of China and hostilities between the Nationalists and Communists resumed. These continued until 1949, by which time the Communist Party was in control of most of the mainland and the Nationalists retreated to consolidate their power on Taiwan (Republic of China). In October 1949, the new People's Republic of China was founded with Mao Zedong as its first Chairman.

The Chinese armed forces are known collectively as the People's Liberation Army (中国人民解放军), the largest armed force in the world. The PLA consists of the People's Liberation Army Ground Forces (about 1.6 million personnel), People's Liberation Army Navy or PLAN (consisting of three major fleets), People's Liberation Army Air Force or PLAAF (organized into seven regional air Forces), and the Second Artillery Corps (the PLA strategic missile forces). Special troops within the PLA include People's Liberation Army Special Forces (中国特种部队) as well as three complete Airborne Divisions under the Air Force.

National law enforcement falls under the jurisdiction of the Chinese People's Armed Police Force (中国人民武装警察部队), or CAPF, with approximately 1.5 million personnel that include border security forces, special installation and national resource guard units, fire fighting units, and special operations forces.