China’s president Xi Jinping on Wednesday was enthroned as the commander in chief to manage and control the Chinese armed forces more judiciously.
Jinping, who is the chairman of the Central Military Commission and the General Secretary of the Communist Party, is now the commander in chief of military’s Joint Operations Command Centre.
The president has donned on a camouflage outfit, which however didn’t have any military badges. He appeared at the centre and hankered to fabricate a strong military command system proficient in winning battles.
“The current situation requires a battle command to be highly strategic, coordinated, timely, professional and accurate,” he said, according to Xinhua, the state news agency.
“All must be done with the ultimate goal of improving battle command capacities and measured by the standards of being able to fight and win wars.”.
In a report by NY Times, Michael Raska, an assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said that conventionally “Chinese military had been marred with weak coordination”.
“The Chinese military has traditionally suffered from poor coordination of its various forces – the air force, army, and navy,” said Raska.
“Mr Xi’s new role is designed to help better integrate these units as part of military reforms, which he has been taking a hands-on approach to.”
According to Straits Times, Jinping’s new status would strengthen its international reputation as China’s most influential leader. This would bring wider military reforms to foster the People’s Liberation Army into a more efficient fighting force.
“The new role signals that Mr Xi is now in charge of all aspects of the military,” said Beijing-based military analyst Song Zhongping.
“This means not just the macro issues such as how to build up and manage a strong military, which the CMC is responsible for, but the finer details of battle strategy too.”
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