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Jin Yi'nan: Summary of China's military hot spots of 2012

(China Military Online)

08:26, January 07, 2013

Hot spot A: Formation of new CMC leadership

The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was successfully held in 2012 in which the new leadership of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the CPC was established. What is its effect on the long-term development of China's national defense and army building cause?

Jin Yi'nan, head of the Strategic Research Institute of the Strategic Teaching and Research Department of the National Defense University (NDU) held that the adjustment of military leading organization of a country is actually an inevitable step in its military modernization process.

After the 18th CPC National Congress, the Chinese military realized the handover between the new and the old CMC leaderships, and a number of new CMC leaders came into power. The perspectives and experiences of these new CMC leaders are certainly different. In particular, Xu Qiliang, former commander of the Air Force of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) who is now appointed as the vice chairman of the CMC, transforms from the commander of a military service to one of the chief leaders of the CMC.

It actually indicates that the PLA, a military traditionally focusing on its ground force, will take the direction of integration of their three services in a real sense. This is an apparent signal that the Chinese military's pace toward the modernization differs from those in the past.

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