Chinese military authorities have announced new reforms. A multi-department system will function under the management of the Central Military Commission with powers divided among 15 departments instead of four.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also the chairman of the Central Military Commission, met senior officials of the commission and called the changes a breakthrough and a remarkable outcome of the military reforms. He called on the officials to make more efforts to achieve a strong army.
The original four general departments under the Central Military Commission - the General Staff Department, General Political Department, General Logistic Department, and General Armament Department - will still play essential roles under new names.
New departments include those responsible for discipline inspection, international military cooperation and auditing.