President Xi Jinping headed a commission to shake up the PLA and in 2016 he was named “commander-in-chief” of the armed forces. Photo: Xinhua via AP
President Xi Jinping headed a commission to shake up the PLA and in 2016 he was named “commander-in-chief” of the armed forces. Photo: Xinhua via AP

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China’s Communist Party and the military: who the army reports to and what’s changed under Xi Jinping

  • The party and the PLA are entwined and in the early years of its rule, all Communist Party leaders had military experience
  • The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 convinced the party it must keep a hold on the military so its rule would not be challenged

Knowledge |   China’s Communist Party
President Xi Jinping headed a commission to shake up the PLA and in 2016 he was named “commander-in-chief” of the armed forces. Photo: Xinhua via AP
President Xi Jinping headed a commission to shake up the PLA and in 2016 he was named “commander-in-chief” of the armed forces. Photo: Xinhua via AP
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