China’s military reform is accelerating

Seven districts were reformed in five areas yesterday. Other changes will affect personnel, material support, interagency cooperation and improving defense capabilities. The U.S is extremely concerned about the ongoing military modernization of China, because they consider it adequate to the situation and able to pose a threat to the U.S military leadership in the near future.

Strategic realignment

On February 1st, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also holds the post of chairman of the Military Council of China, handed out military banners of the five zones of military command of the armed forces of China.

The new areas of combat commanders are divided into East, South, West, North and Central.

Military expenditures

In recent years, China's defense budget has grown. It was assumed that due to the slowdown in the economy in 2016, Beijing would spend less on their military. However, international observers believe that the official data underestimates actual costs.

Worries of Washington

Currently, the U.S is experiencing anxiety about the future growth of China's military. The previously launched "compensation strategy" of the Pentagon is partly because of this, but due to planned budget cuts in the United States, they can not fully implement current and new programs. Meanwhile, China is developing new weapons. For example, only Russia and China have fifth-generation fighters in their arsenal. Beijing is steadily increasing the quantity and quality of their naval forces, which also forced the White House to take a range of responses, including the establishment of new bases in the Pacific and patrols in the disputed territories in the South China and East China Seas.