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China's `Battle Zones' Complete Rollout of Xi Military Overhaul

  • Five areas replace seven regions under newly unified command
  • Strategic move advances dream of building strong army, Xi says
Xi Jinping confers military flags on the five newly-established theater commands of the People's Liberation Army on Monday.

Xi Jinping confers military flags on the five newly-established theater commands of the People's Liberation Army on Monday.

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President Xi Jinping formally reorganized the People’s Liberation Army under five "battle zones," securing the last major piece expected in China’s biggest military overhaul in decades.

Xi, who also serves as commander-in-chief, presided over a ceremony in Beijing on Monday to formally convey banners to generals in charge of the new zones, the official Xinhua News Agency said.