The reorganization and streamlining of the Chinese people’s liberation army

June Teufel Dreyer

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The reorganization and streamlining of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are the touchstones of Deng Xiaoping’s military modernization program. A streamlined and more efficiently organized PLA would presumably need fewer of the products of defense industry factories and would use the defense infrastructure less, as well. The new military regions have been given the right to command the different service arms; in the past, these service arms were placed under the armed forces command. In terms of weaponry, the argument was made that it would be easier and more efficient to supply the expensive high-technology equipment the PLA needs to upgrade its capabilities to a streamlined and better educated military than to the sprawling and poorly educated mass army of the past. The People's Republic of China’s efforts to reorganize and streamline its forces have resulted in stripping nearly a million persons from the military’s rolls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChanges and Continuities in Chinese Communism
Subtitle of host publicationVolume I: Ideology, Politics, and Foreign Policy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429692840
ISBN (Print)0813374111, 9780367013981
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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