torsdag 1. april 2021

What a Change in China’s Officer Rank and Grade System Tells Us About PLA Reform

With global attention still trained on the COVID-19 pandemic as the world transitioned into 2021, a significant event in China largely came and went under the radar a few months before the recent Two Sessions.

While journalists in attendance at the monthly Ministry of National Defense (MND) press conference in Beijing on January 28 were informed by the MND spokesperson, Senior Colonel Wu Qian, about the adjustment of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) officer management system from a “post rank-based” to a “military rank-based” one, the significance of the policy shift was likely largely lost on most of his interlocutors – leading to the lack of media attention.