China’s armed forces have been stressing the need for internal compliance with recent changes to their command structure, an indication that the Chinese regime is trying to tighten its grip on the army. Since President Xi Jinping told top officials in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that the reorganization of its command structure had been launched, eight articles have appeared in the PLA’s official newspaper stressing the importance of obedient support of the changes, according to a report by the South China Morning Post on Dec. 11. This development is a confirmation of our prediction that China in the coming year will intensify the ways in which it resembles a dictatorship, as Xi centralizes power in Beijing and attempts to invigorate China’s political institutions with new legitimacy. The loyalty of the PLA to Xi and to the Communist Party is one of the key factors in determining whether or not the party and Xi are succeeding in centralizing control. The fact that China i
Army Reforms in China
Dec. 11, 2015 The Chinese government has started implementing changes to the People’s Liberation Army, in an attempt to centralize power in Beijing.