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Xi Jinping, the president of China has announced a restructuring of the People’s Liberation Army. His aim is to make it as a leaner fighting force with enhanced joint operations capability. President Xi Jinping is the chair of the Central Military Commission, and also commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The present restructure is the second major phase of President Xi’s reforms. In the starting of September 2015, the President had announced a reduction in the number of military personnel by 300, 000. It includes establishing a joint operational command structure by 2020. He is eradicating corruption by jailing dozens of senior military officers. There is also an upgrading of its military hardware owing to its increasingly assertive stance about its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea and its plans to expand its military influence overseas.

Military restructure of PLA announced by the Chinese President

Military Restructure of PLA Announced by the Chinese President

Military restructure of PLA announced by the Chinese President

What is People’s Liberation Army?

  • It is armed forces of the Communist party of China and the People’s republic in China
  • It consist of 5 professional service branches: the Ground force, Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force and the Strategic Support Force
  • It is the world’s largest military force
  • It has strength of, 285, 000 personnel, 0.18 % of the country’s population.
  • The PLA’s insignia consists of a roundel with a red star bearing the Chinese characters for Eight One, referring to the Nanchang Uprising which began on August 1, 1927.
  • The new structure shall have 84 units
  • They will have combined-corps level so that the commanders will hold the rank of major-general or rear-admiral.
  • The members shall be regrouped from the existing forces.
  • The units shall be placed under the 15 agencies
  • It shall be carried out by placing greater emphasis on new capabilities including cyberspace, electronic and information warfare.

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- Published/Last Modified on: April 28, 2017

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