China has officially launched two new wings of the military and established a separate command for ground units as it presses on with a massive overhaul of the armed forces.

The Central Military Commission also released a guideline on Friday aimed a driving the rest of the reform programme.

At an inauguration ceremony in Beijing on Thursday, President Xi Jinping conferred flags on the new PLA Rocket Force and PLA Strategic Support Force, as well as the general command for the Army of the People’s Liberation Army.

The Rocket Force is founded on what was the Second Artillery Corps – the PLA’s strategic missile force – and will take charge of missiles and rockets, according to a source close to the army… see more

source: scmp