The Central Military Commission (CMC) takes charge of the overall administration of China's armed forces. It has 15 functional sections including seven departments (offices), three commissions and five directly affiliated bodies.
China's Central Military Commission (CMC) takes charge of the overall administration of China's armed forces, and it has 15 subordinated departments.
Main duties of the CMC Joint Staff Department include carrying out combat planning and combat command support, studying and formulating military strategy and requirements, organizing combat capability assessment, arranging and instructing joint training, combat readiness and routine war preparedness work.
The department is mainly responsible for the Party construction, political education and human resources management of the Chinese armed forces. The Party construction work is the foundation and cornerstone of the Chinese military, with the political work being the lifeline.
The department is conducive to strengthening the centralized planning, organization and deployment of the training across the military and enhancing the management of troops and military academies, so that military training and troop management can be closely combined, and the PLA can better push for the realistic training and rigorous military governance in accordance with the law.
The department is responsible for organizing and instructing the national defense mobilization and the construction of reserve forces, and leading and managing the provincial military commands. It is conducive to intensifying the strategic organization and leadership in those aspects and is a significant step forward for building the national defense mobilization system with Chinese characteristics.
The commission helps intensify the CMC's leadership over the armed forces in political and legal work, deepen the rigorous military governance in accordance with the law, give larger play to the politics and law department, as well as prevent, investigate and deal with criminal activities, so as to keep the military pure and consolidated.
Forming the CMC Office for Strategic Planning and improving the strategic planning system and mechanism for the armed forces are conducive to enhancing the CMC's role in strategic management, reinforcing the centralized management of the armed forces’ strategic planning, and improving the quality and benefit of national defense and military construction.