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Chinese President Calls for Downsizing Military

Chinese President Calls  for Downsizing MilitaryChinese President Calls  for Downsizing Military

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for further downsizing the 2.3 million-strong Chinese military and improving its combat capabilities, after his last year's move to cut 300,000 troops from the world's largest military.

Speaking at a two-day conference on military reform, Xi, also chairman of the Central Military Commission which is the overall high command of the People's Liberation Army, said China's military needs to put more focus on technology rather than force of numbers, The Times of India reported.

"This is a major, inevitable change. We must seize the opportunity and make breakthrough," he was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

The Chinese president stressed on further military reform by downsizing the army while improving its combat capabilities and optimizing the structure.

Last year in September, Xi had announced that Chinese military will see a 300,000 troop reduction, which is expected to take place from next year, the fourth military downsizing by the Chinese state since 1980s.

The troop reduction is regarded as part of efforts by the PLA to streamline its force, as it launched unprecedented modernization with new weapons and technology.

Xi's comments were reported to have caused murmurs of dissent over his military reforms. He has already reconstituted its administrative and command structure after carrying out an anti-corruption drive in which several retired and servicing top military officials were indicted.

He has also been calling on armed forces to adhere to the leadership of the ruling Communist Party of China's absolute leadership.

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