China hits the launch button for massive PLA shake-up to create a modern, nimble force

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Xi Jinping announced on September 3 that the army would shed 300,000 troops. Photo: Xinhua

 

Top leaders of the People’s Liberation Army were yesterday told the long-awaited overhaul of the armed forces had been launched, with the existing seven military commands to be regrouped into four strategic zones, sources close to the PLA said.

The restructure was formally announced at a plenary session of the leading group for national defence and military reform under the Central Military Commission.

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