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China centralizes leadership of military reserve forces - Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will centralize management of its reserve forces as part of efforts to ensure the Communist Party’s absolute leadership of the military and build a world-class army, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday.

Starting July 1, the reserve force, which is part of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), will fall under the direct leadership of the central government and the Central Military Commission, Xinhua said.

Currently, the reserve force is under the dual leadership of the PLA and local Party committees and governments, according to the website of China’s Ministry of National Defence.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Reporting by Emily Chow and Samuel Shen; Editing by Alex Richardson