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New Military Reforms Reveal China's Ambition

MIN READJan 14, 2016 | 09:17 GMT

The restructuring of the Chinese military's general staff system will help Beijing consolidate control and make the military more capable of performing modern joint operations.

Chinese soldiers march past Tiananmen Square before a military parade on Sept. 3, 2015, in Beijing.

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China has enacted another military reform: a restructuring of the general staff system. Streamlining the general staff moves Beijing closer to two of its goals, namely strengthening Party control and creating a more capable and modern military that can conduct joint operations. This requires an integrated approach and a unified command structure that enable all services to work seamlessly together....

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