China’s Xi assumes a more direct command over military

(From AP)

Bolstering his status as China’s most powerful leader in decades, Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role as head of the country’s powerful armed forces with the new title of commander in chief of its Joint Operations Command Center, state media and analysts said Thursday.

President Xi Jinping greets personnel on Wednesday at the Central Military Commission's Joint Command Headquarters, where he called on the Chinese military to continue improving its capabilities for joint command

President Xi Jinping greets personnel on Wednesday at the Central Military Commission’s Joint Command Headquarters

Xi’s new position was revealed in news reports that featured prominently on national news broadcasts Wednesday and Thursday in which he appeared publicly for the first time in camouflage battle dress wearing the joint center’s insignia.

During his Wednesday visit, Xi called on the center’s staff to “closely follow the trends of global military revolution and strive to build a joint battle command system that meets the need of fighting and winning an informationized war,” the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Officers should “change their ideas, innovate and tackle difficulties, in a bid to build a joint battle command system that was absolutely loyal, resourceful in fighting, efficient in commanding and courageous and capable of winning wars,” Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.

Battle command capacities should be measured by “the standards of being able to fight and win wars,” Xi said, stressing the need to prepare for conflicts, analyze possible security risks, and handle effectively “all sorts of emergencies.” Read More



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