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As it modernizes, China’s military recruits more college graduates and fewer farmers

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
he People's Liberation Army began focusing on increasing the educational level of its forces in 2001, and by 2014 nearly 150,000 of the 400,000 recruits that year were college graduates or students.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.