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Xi Jinping issues China’s first-ever decree on training of PLA to improve combat readiness

President Xi Jinping has signed China’s first-ever decree on training of the country’s two million-strong military, the world’s largest, to improve the combat readiness of armed forces, official media reported on Tuesday.

Xi, 65, regarded as the most powerful Chinese leader after Mao Zedong heading the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), the military and Presidency, has signed an order to release a trial regulation on the supervision of military training, the first of its kind in the country.The regulation, which will take effect on March 1, focuses on improving the combat readiness of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), state-run Xinhua news agency reported.It formulates measures to rectify practices that are inconsistent with the requirements of actual combats. It also details the criteria for identifying malpractices and discipline violations during military training.

The regulation also states the responsibilities, power and priorities of military training supervision and regularities the methods and procedures for carrying out such work.The regulation is expected to consolidate the strategic role of military training under the new circumstances, strengthen the management of military training, and deepen military training under combat conditions, the report said.Since coming to power in 2012, Xi has been carrying out aggressive reforms of the military, which included real time combative training, reorganization of the command structures as well as downsizing the army, ramping up Navy and Airforce to enhance China’s strategic global outreach.