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The People’s Liberation Army may establish a new division for space warfare after cutting its troop
numbers by 300,000, said Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet, citing Japan’s Asahi Shinbum.
The outlet’s sources said the PLA may establish the new division for space warfare, as satellite communication has begun to play an increasingly important role in modern warfare. However, Duowei News said that that this has still not been confirmed, as the establishment of a new division will hike China’s military budget up further and goes against Chinese president Xi Jinping’s calls for a streamlining of the PLA’s structure.
The Chinese military is also likely to increase the number of its troops in its navy, air force and the Second Artillery Corps and reduce the number of its military regions from the current seven to four or five.
Xi Jinping announced military reform measures and a cut to Chinese military forces during the Sept. 3 military parade that marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. [FULL STORY]