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China soldiers get bigger, requiring new gear to match

Published on Feb 19, 2014 10:43 AM
 
China's soldiers in Lhasa, Tibet autonomous region, participate in a military skills competition. Changes in the average physique of Chinese soldiers over the past 20 years have created a need for newer and larger armaments. -- PHOTO: CHINA DAILY/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Changes in the average physique of Chinese soldiers over the past 20 years have created a need for newer and larger armaments.

The PLA Daily cited research findings on Tuesday by an unidentified institute of the PLA General Armament Department that today's average Chinese soldier is 2cm taller and has a waistline 5cm larger than the average 20 years ago.

The findings come from a survey began in 2009 of more than 20,000 soldiers in the PLA's ground force. The survey measured and analysed the body size, strength and other factors. Because the soldiers' average size has grown, larger military equipment is urgently needed, the researchers said.

A soldier of average size could feel cramped in some commonly used tanks, which were designed to accommodate the smaller troops of 30 years ago.

 
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