Chinese President Xi Jinping is the Commander-in-Chief of the People’s Republic Army – and don’t you forget it.
A few days ago, state-run media announced his newest title – Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese Military Commission’s Joint Battle Command Center. He already enjoyed three other prominent titles in the PRC politico-military hierarchy: (1) the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, (2) chairman (notice it’s lower-case) of the Chinese Military Commission, and of course (3) president.
Xi is attempting to reform China’s armed forces (the Navy, Air Force, and nuclear forces all fall under the “PLA” umbrella). Analysts believe the new title reflects his desire for a more hands-on operational role. This Wall Street Journal article outlines his reform agenda – and the resistance it faces from the very generals and admirals he’s asking to implement it.