Five corps disbanded in military overhaul - China politics and current affairs news from April 28, 2017 - SupChina

Five corps disbanded in military overhaul – China politics and current affairs news from April 28, 2017


As part of an ongoing revamp of the military, China will reduce the number of corps in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from 18 to 13, according to the South China Morning Post.

At a press conference held in Beijing on April 27, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Yang Yujun 杨宇军 explained that the cut is an overall reshaping of the army’s mobile operational unit, a critical step forward in building a strong and modernized army, and shifting the military’s focus from quantity and scale to quality and effectiveness.

The downsizing of the PLA was first announced by President Xi in 2015, with the stated motivation of transforming the military force into a leaner fighting force with new capabilities such as cyberwarfare as well as stronger joint operations capability.


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