Attended a reception at the Chinese Mission to the UN for the 80th Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army with Major General Pei Liu. It was a chance for many of the Missions to the UN to socialize, talk international politics, and taste Peking duck.
The glossy books on the PLA that were available at the door made clear the relationship between the PLA and the Chinese Communist Party. The first sentence of the book reads:
"The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is founded and led by the Communist Party of China (CPC)."
A couple of pages later, it goes on to read:
"The CPC's absolute leadership over the PLA is the eternal soul of the PLA."