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System Overload? The 2015 PLA Force Reduction, Military-Locality Relations, and the Potential for Social Instability

By March 3, 2019April 29th, 2023No Comments

On September 3, 2015, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary and Central Military Commission (CMC) Chairman Xi Jinping announced a reduction in the overall size of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from 2.3 million personnel to 2 million, a reduction of about 11 percent of the military’s end strength. The announcement was followed by a Work Conference on Central Military Commission Reform [zhongyang junwei gaige gongzuo huiyi, 中央军委改革工作会议] in which Xi initiated his military reform plan. A flurry of organizational and structural reforms to the PLA soon followed, and continues apace today.

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