From playing defense to going offense.
Beijing is considering launching major military command structure reform after a conference was held recently in Beijing to discuss the future role of the PLA, according to Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language magazine based in Canada.
The article stated that Chinese generals attending the conference talked about redefining the national interests of China. In the past, the goal of the PLA was to defend the sovereignty and territorial inegrity of the People’s Republic of China. In the future, they believe that the PLA must carry out missions to protect China’s interest around the Asia-Pacific region. With this new policy in mind, the command structure of the PLA must then be changed to fit it.
The first major change mentioned was to abolish all seven military regions in the country. After that, it will be necessary to establish four new unified combatant commands with different areas of responsibility including Northeastern Asia, Southeastern Asia, South Asia and Central Asia. However, Chang Ching, a researcher from the Society for Strategic Studies based in Taipei said that such reform is unlikely to take place over a short period of time.
Full article: PLA discusses major military structure reform (Want China Times)