ALL infantry in any army practices reconnoiter either in platoon size or squad size elements. Even mechanize infantry does it as well.most of what you see in the news I would not even consider special forces. they probably have better fitness and maybe slightly more advanced individual skills and small team tactics. But in western armies there are also reconnaissance sections and platoons with soldiers of this kind and they are not considered special forces.
it's true that basic reconnaissance techniques are practiced in many professional armies (not sure about the Chinese army but there probably are some training of that sort for regular grunts). However, one should not confuse such practices with capability. There is a reason why separate basic and advanced recce (or recon if you are American) courses exist for those assigned to sub-units dedicated to that function. For regular grunts, recce training serves more as a training tool for field craft and leadership. In reality no unit would employ a regular grunt with just basic knowledge in recce for that role, one will have to have done a specific recce course, which includes very detailed SOP's and skills/knowledge, and normally has a very high failure rate.ALL infantry in any army practices reconnoiter either in platoon size or squad size elements. Even mechanize infantry does it as well.