As China celebrates the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s hand-over, Xinhua announces the People’s Liberation Army is undergoing a sartorial makeover. From UPI:
China’s military has ditched its baggy and sometimes mismatched uniforms in favor of a snazzy new look that includes rakish berets… The upgraded uniforms, dubbed “07 Style” allow the enlisted personnel to cast off uniforms designed 20 years ago.
“Increasing global military exchanges have upped the requirements for PLA uniforms,” said general Liao Xilong, chief of the PLA General Logistics Department. “The new outfits fuse global trends with Chinese characteristics.” [Full Text]
Christopher Bodeen at the Associated Press reports on the full list of changes, including a nearly half-inch rise in the heels on female soldiers’ shoes. (See: “China military getting trendier uniforms“)
(Photo via Flickr: Toy Soldiers at Disneyland Hong Kong by JaeWALK)