China completes revamp of military



Beijing: China has effected a "large-scale shift" in the leadership of its 2.3 million-strong People's Liberation Army (PLA), the world's largest standing military, focusing on ocean, cyber and space capabilities.

The reorganisation, which followed the once-in-a-decade leadership change conference during which Xi Jinping took over as chief of the ruling CPC and the military, included 22 posts in the powerful Central Military Commission, the official media reported today.

Xi has succeeded outgoing President Hu Jintao as head of the commission. The revamp also covered four General Headquarters, seven military regions and three military branches, state-run Beijing News reported.

The major leadership shift caters to the country's changing military focus on ocean, cyber and space capabilities, and is in line with Hu's report at the 18th party Congress on the machinery and information construction of the PLA. The week-long Congress concluded on November 14.

In his report, Hu said China will speed up modernisation of military and build itself into a maritime power besides enhancing integrated combat capability of its forces with extensive IT applications.

"We should enhance our capacity for exploiting marine resources, resolutely safeguard China's maritime rights and interests, and build China into a maritime power," he said, apparently referring to maritime issue in the South China Sea as well as with Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

The leadership shift incorporates military organisations such as the PLA General Central Staff Headquarters, General Political Department, General Logistics Department, General Armament Department, the military regions of Beijing, Shenyang, Jinan, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, the Air Force, the Second Artillery Corps and the PLA Hong Kong Garrison, the Beijing News said.

Among the newly-promoted Generals are Fan Changlong and Xu Qiliang, the General of the Jinan Military Area and the Commander of PLA Air Force, who were appointed as deputy Chairmen of the Central Military Commission.

Generals Fang Fenghui, Zhang Yang, Zhao Keshi and Zhang Youxia were also appointed to assume positions like the commander of General Staff Department, General Political Department, General Logistics Department and General Armament Department, the Beijing News said.

PTI