The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is the armed forces of the Communist Party of China and the armed forces of the People's Republic of China.

In the novel number9dream, it is referred to as the “Chinese Army” in a segment that is being imagined by Eiji Miyake in which he gains access to the offices of law firm Osugi and Bosugi: “…I pepper her neck with enough instant-action tranquillizer micro-pellets to knock out the entire Chinese Army.”