President Xi Jinping inspecting a guard of honour.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has giving a marching order for immediate downsizing of the countries army in order to forge better combat capability and optimized structure .
President Xi, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and head of a leading group for deepening reform on national defense and the armed forces, made the remarks at a two-day conference on military reform during the week.
“This is a major, inevitable change in ongoing reforms of National Defense and we must seize the opportunity and make breakthroughs.” Jinping told the conference.
The president stressed that changes must be made if China is to build a strong world-class army.
His present pronouncement is coming after an earlier announcement he made in September 2015 that the armed forces would be cut down by 300,000 troops from the original 2.3 million.
Citing rapid changes to the global military environment, Xi Jinping spoke about the informationized modern warfare, noting that joint operations have grown to be the basic form of combat.
“Accordingly, there have been new changes in terms of the military’s size, structure, and formation, which features smaller in size, more capable in strength, modulization and multi-functionality, with scientific factors playing bigger roles,” Xi Jinping said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping also doubles as general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.
The President said the military’s structure must be readjusted and optimized, new type of forces be developed, the ratios between different types of forces be rationalized, and the number and the scale of the military be downsized.
The Chinese army must grow into modern armed forces with Chinese characteristics, which can win informationized wars and implement their missions, he noted.
“Quantity should be reduced, quality improved to build a capable and efficient modernized standing army,” Xi Jinping added.
He said that China must develop a joint operation force system with the elite force at its core.
The Chinese President called upon the armed force to take the reform as a major political issue, strengthen rules and disciplines in the work, and further purge the pernicious influence of Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, two corrupt former CMC vice chairmen.
A total of 230 high-ranking military officials, including members of the CMC, attended the meeting.