China’s President Xi Jinping inspects honour guards during the welcoming ceremony for Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Centred around a new, condensed structure of 84 military units, the reshuffle builds on Xi’s years-long efforts to modernize the PLA with greater emphasis on new capabilities including cyberspace, electronic and information warfare.
All 84 new units are at the combined-corps level, which means commanders will hold the rank of major-general or rear-admiral, the official China Daily reported Wednesday, adding that unit members would likely be regrouped from existing forces given the Chinese military was still engaged in cutting its troops by 300,000, one of the wide-ranging military reforms introduced by Xi in late 2015. Continue reading