SHANGHAI:China will centralise management of its reserve forces as part of efforts to ensure the Communist Party’s absolute leadership of the military and build a worldclass army, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.
Starting July 1, the reserve force, which is part of the People’s Liberation Army, will fall under the direct leadership of the central government and the Central Military Commission, Xinhua said. Currently, the reserve force is under the dual leadership of the PLA and local Party committees and governments, according to the website of China’s ministry of national defence.
President Xi Jinping, who is the chairman of the Central Military Commission, had earlier asked the military to improve its management practices to promote development of the armed forces. He had demanded efforts to implement the 13th five-year plan for modernising the armed forces, Xinhua had reported.