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China military to launch 'joint command' to reorganise forces: Report

Published on Jan 3, 2014 9:39 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - China’s armed forces plan to set up a joint operational command system to “enhance efficiency” in crisis response, state media reported on Friday.

At present the People’s Liberation Army, (PLA) the world’s biggest military, which incorporates China’s navy and air force, is arranged on a geographical system with land forces at its core and dividing the country into seven regions.

Now the military has “launched positive pilot programmes” for a joint operational command system and will establish the system “in due course", the state-run China Daily newspaper said, citing the defence ministry.

It was not clear from the report whether the regional system would be replaced.

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