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The Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China is plan­ning to es­tab­lish a joint op­er­a­tional com­mand for a more co­or­di­nated and com­bat-ca­pa­ble force to ef­fi­ciently re­spond to a cri­sis. China Daily cited the min­istry as say­ing that the joint op­er­a­tional com­mand sys­tem es­tab­lish­ment is a ba­sic re­quire­ment in an era of in­for­ma­tion, and that the county has there­fore ini­ti­ated pos­i­tive pilot pro­grammes in this re­gard. The new joint op­er­a­tional com­mand will be set up in due course, the state me­dia re­ported, amidst ris­ing PLA’s dis­putes over ter­ri­to­rial claims in the re­gion, ac­cord­ing to Press Trust of In­dia. The move fol­lows the Ja­panese me­dia re­ports that China is plan­ning to re­struc­ture its seven mil­i­tary re­gions into five. A joint op­er­a­tions com­mand con­trol­ling the army, navy and air force, as well as a strate­gic mis­sile unit will be cre­ated by each of the new mil­i­tary re­gions, the re­port said. Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army pro­fes­sor, Ouyang Wei, said that a joint com­mand sys­tem would help the mil­i­tary re­spond quickly to a con­tin­gency.

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