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China’s Other Army: The People’s Armed Police in an Era of Reform

Título completo: CHINA STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES 14  - China’s Other Army: The People’s Armed Police in an Era of Reform

Autor: Joel Wuthnow

Fecha de publicación: Abril 2019

Institución participante: Institute for National Strategic Studies Strategic Perspectives

Fragmento original: Executive Summary

China’s premier paramilitary force—the People’s Armed Police (PAP)—is undergoing its most profound restructuring since its establishment in 1982.

  • Previously under dual civilian and military command, the PAP has been placed firmly under China’s military. As chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xi Jinping now has direct control over all of China’s primary instruments of coercive power. This represents the highest degree of centralized control over China’s paramilitary forces since the Cultural Revolution.
  • Local and provincial officials have lost the ability to unilaterally deploy PAP units in the event of civil unrest or natural disasters, but can still request support through a new coordination system.
  • The China Coast Guard, which previously reported to civilian agencies, has been placed within the PAP and is thus now part of the military command structure.