02 September 2015

Sweeping Change in China’s Military: Xi’s PLA Restructuring

Andrew S. Erickson, “Sweeping Change in China’s Military: Xi’s PLA Restructuring,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 2 September 2015.

Chinese President Xi Jinping needs some positive achievements, immediately. The year began with his striking consolidation of leadership at home and abroad but has become mired in problems and widely perceived blundering on economic issues. This only strengthens incentive to commemorate the sensitive 70th anniversary of Chinese victory in World War II with history’s most exciting Beijing military parade. Glimpses of new missiles and other armaments will rightly attract widespread attention — so don’t miss the show.

Long after the soldiers and crowds disperse, however, China stands to experience far more lasting impact from a move that may be announced following the pomp and circumstance: major military reforms. Propelled by Xi’s vigorous efforts to realize his dream of a strong country with a strong military, reform plans long underway are finally surfacing. Now reportedly afoot: a sweeping transformation of China’s military, with tremendous implications for its strategy and operations. The parade “will provide Xi a good opportunity to announce his ambitious plans on how to transform the PLA into a real modern army capable of winning wars,” a leading Chinese naval analyst . …

China Military Parade—3 September 2015—Your Complete Hardware & Logistics Guide (Updated Version)


Parade starts at 1000 on 3 September 2015 China time, lasts for about 70 minutes

  • Washington, DC/U.S. Eastern Central Time:  2 Sep at 2200
  • Los Angeles, California/Pacific Time:  2 September at 1900
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: 2 September at 1600

Will be broadcast on CCTV-1 (Chinese).

Further details: New York Times SinoSphere Blog: “Beijing’s World War II Military Parade: What to Expect