China to regroup its army

Indo Asian News Service

Beijing, April 27 (IANS) China has decided to reorganise its army to build a strong and modernised new-type military, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

According to Defence Ministry spokesperson Yang Yujun, the Central Military Commission took the move to shift the focus of the Chinese Army from quantity to quality and efficiency.

Yang said 13 army groups will be formed from the previous 18.

In response to a question on reform of military academies and research institutions, Yang said it aims to adapt to the new command system and military structure, as well as to provide talent and theoretical and technological support to the building of a first-class military force.

The reform is now underway, he added.