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China Reform Monitor - No. 1246

China weighs in on Kashmir tensions;
PLA General Logistics Department re-organized

Edited by JOshua Eisenman
October 13, 2016

September 14:

As part of China's extensive military reform program the former PLA General Logistics Department has been replaced with a Joint Logistics Support Force of the Central Military Commission (CMC) composed of "one base and five centers." Wuhan hosts the joint logistics support base and the five centers are in Wuxi, Guilin, Xining, Shenyang, and Zhengzhou, correlating with the five theatre commands: Eastern, Southern, Western, Northern, and Central, respectively. The five new joint logistics support centers will function as the five branches of the CMC Joint Logistics Support Force in each of the theater commands. During peace, the CMC will control them, but in wartime each center is controlled by its relevant theatre command, “thus making it possible to carry out joint operations, joint training, and joint logistics support and truly fulfilling the purpose of setting up the theatre command system,” 
Ta Kung Pao reports. Only the Shenyang joint logistics support center is in the same city as the theatre command headdquarters; the rest are located in a different city in the same region..

September 19:

On September 10 a deputy head of the county Public Security Office was been killed in a bombing in Pishan County, Hotan Prefecture, Xinjiang. 
Ming Pao reports that the “terrorist attack,” which was the first after Chen Quanguo became Xinjiang Party Secretary in August, was probably “by Xinjiang independent terrorist elements targeting Xinjiang's new leadership.” The bombing prompted the demotion of the party secretary of Pishan County.

September 24:

Amid rising tensions with India, China has guaranteed its support for Pakistan in case of “foreign aggression,” 
Pakistan's The Dawn reports. "In case of any aggression our country will extend its full support to Pakistan. We will be siding with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. There is no justification for atrocities on unarmed Kashmiris in [India-] held Kashmir," Yu Boren, China's Consul General in Lahore told Pakistan's Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Yu also updated Sharif on the progress being made on various projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and said China would support Pakistan through thick and thin.

September 26:

Two Free Baluchistan Movement (FBM) activists have begun a week-long sit-in in front of the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad to protest against the “China-Pakistan nexus” in resource-rich Baluchistan. They will sit for six days and nights culminating with a demonstration on October 1, China's National Day, thePress Trust of India (PTI) reports. Activists held placards reading: “CPEC is the corridor of death and destruction for Baluch” and “China: Hands off Baluchistan.” “China has now become the 21st century East India Company in Baluchistan. Their expansionist designs are well known in the region. China has intensified its efforts to consolidate its permanent grip over Baluchistan's Gwadar coast and other areas where in 2001 it sought to anchor its military outpost in the name of Gwadar deep-sea port project,” read an FBM statement. 

September 27:

India is improving 55 km of road infrastructure along its "strategically crucial" border with China. The move comes as construction begins on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) through the Karakoram mountain range, 
the PTI reports
. "The road is supposed to be shortest, but toughest as it is also shut for more than six-seven months due to frequent landslides, harsh winters and snow blocking the path," said a senior government official. After undertaking a topographical survey of the area, snow sheds are being built to protect the road and it is being realigned to mitigate the damage caused by the perennial landslides.

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