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When it comes to major nations like China, the US, or Russia, paratrooper units are typically large division-sized or regiment sized elements. The PLAGF doesn’t have dedicated paratrooper units, but they do have airborne-qualified personal like those in the pictures. Those personal are always SOF/recon units. As for the helmet, while that is true, based on what I have seen, any units that deploy high cut helmets en masse are SOF/recon.PLA Ground Force do have their own paratroopers. Most of the time they practised with their own helicopters since they lack fixed wing aircraft. Joint operation with PLAAF fixed wing transport plane have been carried out from time to time.
Since the parachuting qualification is uncommon in PLAGF, it is correct to say that they are special forces. However, several photos from the past years showed that they also used regular helmets.