China's new 5 military regions officially established

02/01/2016 10:14 PM
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Taipei, Feb. 1 (CNA) China on Monday officially established five military regions to replace the seven military regions that existed previously at a ceremony in Beijing, according to Chinese media reports.

The five new military regions are: Eastern, Western, Southern , Northern and Central Military Regions.

Xi Jinping (習近平, in his capacity as Chinese president, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and chairman of the Central Military Committee, presented military flags to each region during the ceremony.

He also issued his first instruction to them: to do their best to win all possible wars in the future.

He said the military regions are organized to cope with potential threats, to maintain peace, to prevent and even win all wars and safeguard national security.

Xi asked the military to absolutely obey the leadership of the CPC, the Central Military Committee and Xi himself.

The establishment of the five military regions is aimed at the realization of the "China dream" and dream of having a strong armed forces, according to the reports.

The changes in the China's military region system have been widely viewed as a crucial step for Xi in his bid to gain firmer control of the military.

(By Bear Lee)enditem/ls

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