China has decided to create a so-called Strategic Support Force as part of its military reform, Beijing announced last week. The new agency will cover intelligence activities, informational aspects of war and special operations. Earlier China’s Defense Ministry announced that it would set up 15 new bodies covering everything from logistics to equipment development, political work and fighting corruption. According to the Defense Ministry, new units will help the military function better and consolidate the ruling Communist Party’s control. Douglas Paal, the director of the Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington told Radio Sputnik about the main challenges the Chinese armed forces are facing in the modernization process.

This interview was originally broadcast by Radio Sputnik.