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The 20th Central Military Commission appointments – What to make of it?

Updated: Nov 25, 2022



The line-up of the newly appointed CMC leadership indicates that the growing tensions and economic pressure are compelling China to address regional problems


After delivering a wide-ranging work report and setting the agenda for the next five years, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping finalised the members for the 20th Central Military Commission (CMC)—the highest national defence organisation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The CMC sits at the top of the PLA and also controls China’s domestic security forces and the People’s Armed Police (PAP). It is responsible for China’s use of the military to advance its foreign and security policy objectives and protect its national security interests. Its members are also a part of China’s National Security Commission and Foreign Affairs Commission, which determine and set China’s national security and external policies. This 20th CMC would most likely serve until the PLA completes its centenary in 2027.


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