Creation of the department formalizes what has been a longstanding and personalized ad hoc arrangement
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced on 22 November that it had set up a strategic planning department aimed at providing guidance for increasingly modern and sophisticated military operations.
According to PLA analysts, the move is seen as a very important and long-awaited initiative, especially in linking policy planning and weapons development. It is ostensibly in response to increasingly sophisticated military operations that could involve multiple combat forces and headquarters.
My article, published on Nov. 29 in Jane’s Defence Weekly, continues here (subscription required).