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China restructures army aimed at efficiency

2 January 2016 12:35

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China has introduced major changes to the structure of its military as part of efforts to reinforce its armed forces and maximize their efficiency vis-à-vis potential threats.

President Xi Jinping said three new units were created “to realize the Chinese dream of a strong military, and a strategic step to establish a modern military system with Chinese characteristics.”

He said the Chinese army needs to optimize its structure and composition, expedite its transformation from a regional defense force to an international combat one.

China plans to optimize its military structure by 2020. As part of that effort, the number of its troops will be cut from 2.3 million to 2 million, outdated armaments phased out, and new defense systems developed.

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