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The Politics of Reform: Peoples Liberation Army under Xi Jinping
December 1, 2016 - 13:00-15:00
A public ChinaTalk lecture by You Ji, Professor of International relations and Head of Department of Government, University of Macau, PRC.
In November 2015 Xi Jinping announced a new five-year plan of PLA reform. Once it is fully realized in 2020, the PLA will take on a complete new look. My talks will assess the politics of PLA reform in the context of Xi’s political leadership and reconstruct the new force structure and the command chains when the bulk of the reforms is put in place. I will also focus on China’s tremendous efforts in force transformation, aligning it with Xi’s shift of emphasis of war preparation from his predecessor’s on preparation to his on war per se. Now the new CMC system, new Army headquarters and new war-zone commandants have been institutionalized with new personnel lineup, new managerial structure and commanding procedures in place to implement Xi’s orders. However there have also emerged many new problems, as the new cannot fit in the old smoothly. My talks will specify the new challenges in the latest round of PLA reforms.
Moderator: Bertel Heurlin, Professor, Department of Political Science, UCPH.
Coffee and cake will be served.