The Regulations on Participation in Emergency Rescue and Disaster Relief by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) was promulgated by the State Council and the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on July 1, 2005. It is the first legislative document to regulate the PLA's participation in emergency rescue and disaster relief operations since the founding of the PRC, which marked the PLA's emergency rescue and disaster relief operations embarked on a track ruled by laws.
The Planning on Capability Building of PLA's Military Operations other than War was issued to the troop units on January 5, 2009, which imposed clear guidelines, principles, objectives, force scales as well as measures and requirements on the PLA's capability building of military operations other than war.
The Opinions on Strengthening Political Work in Military Operations other than War was issued to the PLA troop units in March 2009.
Relevant departments of the PLA General Staff Headquarters (GSH) announced on April 20, 2010 that the PLA would establish 8 state-level specialized emergency rescue troop units with a total of 50,000 persons, and fully realize emergency rescue capability by the end of 2010.
The Regulations on PLA's Emergency-response Command in Dealing with Unexpected Events was approved and released by the CMC in November 2010, which made clear regulations on issues including organization and command, force use, comprehensive support and military-civilian coordination for the PLA's participation in maintaining social stability and dealing with various unexpected events.
The first series of wall charts on PLA's emergency-response command in military operations other than war were officially released on May 19, 2011.
The summary, study and achievement exhibition on the PLA's military operations other than war were held on September 5, 2011 in Beijing.
The Military Operations other than War Research Center was established on December 12, 2011 at the PLA Academy of Military Sciences.
The two documents, namely the Methods on Financial Support for the PLA to Participate in Military Operations other than War and the Regulations on Wartime Financial Support for the PLA, were printed and issued in March 2012 by the PLA General Logistics Department (GLD) and implemented since January 2012.
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