Xi asked for new PLA military units to prepare for modern warfare

Vastavam web:Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked the PLA’s newly-formed 84 large military units to prepare themselves for combat and give priority to building “new-type” fighting capabilities in electronic, information and space warfare.Xi, also the Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the overall high command of the 2.3 million-strong military, spoke to the commanders of the new units here yesterday and asked them to improve their joint operation capabilities and technology level.The President told the new forces to conduct more combat exercises and give priority to building “new-type” fighting capabilities, state-run China Daily reported today.
In PLA terminology, “new-type” fighting capabilities generally refers to capabilities of engaging in electronic, information and space operations.Xi’s call for building “new-type” fighting capabilities of the world’s largest military came as Beijing prepares to counter the US deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) interceptor missiles in South Korea, whose powerful radars could see through most of the part of China including its missile development programme.All 84 of the new units are at combined corps level, which means their commanders have or soon will be promoted to a rank of either major general in the Ground Force, Air Force and Rocket Force or rear admiral in the Navy.
Though the PLA has not disclosed how these units were set up, it is likely that they were created through the regrouping of existing forces rather than recruiting new personnel, because the Chinese military is still engaged in cutting its troops by three lakhs, the daily said.The units’ emergence also indicates that the PLA’s structural shake-up has taken effect. The unprecedented reform began in November 2015, when the Central Military Commission unveiled a blueprint for the PLA’s development.The commission pledged to establish a leaner and more efficient command chain to reduce the number of non-combatant personnel and departments and to build the PLA into a mightier force capable of winning modern wars.

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