President Xi Jinping has used military reforms to strengthen his command over the People’s Liberation Army. He uses personal connections, some dating back to his childhood years, to fill central positions within the military, says professor You Ji of Macau University. Xi also pursues a more aggressive strategy than his predecessors: China now intends to project power well beyond its borders, to catch up with the U.S. and to achieve great power status built upon military strength.
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This podcast was first published by the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), a YCW Partner. MERICS is one of the largest international think tanks for policy-oriented research on contemporary China.