Xi issues decree on regulating military legislation

May 10, 2017
President Xi Jinping, also chairman of the Central Military Commission, has signed a decree on regulating military legislation. 

The regulation, which took effect Monday, defines the rules for enacting military laws and regulations as well as the drafting of standard documents. 

The regulation standardizes the formulation of military laws and regulations, which includes the drafting, submission, modification and issuance stages. 

It likewise regulates the review and gathering of records, and suggests measures to improve the management of documents.

The People’s Liberation Army has seen changes in its organization and structure since 2015. In September 2015, China announced that its armed forces would be reduced by 300,000 troops from 2.3 million. The previous seven military area commands were regrouped into five theater commands in 2016.