More power will go to lower levels under reform
Source: China DailyEditor: Yao Jianing
Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission,
speaks at a meeting on reforming the armed forces in
China's top military authority, the
Central Military Commission, will greatly reduce its departments and
personnel and give more power to lower-level authorities, a Defense
Ministry spokesman said on Friday.
"The reform aims to enable the
Central Military Commission to focus on its core missions, integrate
similar functions, intensify supervision and better act as a
coordinator," Senior Colonel Yang Yujun told a news conference on the
reform guidelines, which were announced by the commission on Thursday.
the reform, the decision on some specific matters will be left to
lower-level authorities, he said, adding that the commission has planned
to extensively cut the number of its organs, employees and affiliated
"The restructuring will slim the commission and make it
more efficient," the spokesman said. "The top authority will take the
lead to compress its size, giving a good example to the whole People's
The Central Military Commission hosted a
three-day PLA reform meeting in Beijing from Tuesday to Thursday.
President Xi Jinping, who is chairman of the commission, gave guidelines
on the reform at the conference.
According to Yang, the Central
Military Commission organized more than 860 seminars and forums to
solicit suggestions on the unprecedented reform. Nearly 700 PLA units
and government departments and more than 900 high-ranking officers were
Yang also said that establishment of the ground force's headquarters will improve the Army's development and modernization.
to a question on whether the reform will change China's defense policy,
he said that the policy will remain "defensive in nature", and that
Chinese armed forces "will always be a staunch force to safeguard world
peace and regional stability".
President Xi's pledge in September
that the military will cut 300,000 troops has demonstrated the nation's
resolve to pursue a path of peaceful development, Yang added.
government and the military have drafted a detailed plan and a set of
supporting measures to make sure that the interests of those affected by
the reform will not be compromised, he said.