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The three new forces emerging from China's latest military reorganization will have to report everything to Xi Jinping. Failure to do so will not be tolerated. (Nikkei montage/Source photos by Yusuke Hinata and Getty Images)
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Analysis: The ulterior motive behind Xi Jinping's latest military reforms

Reorganization of Strategic Support Force shows Xi preparing for a fourth term

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

It only took nine years for China's Strategic Support Force -- hailed as "a futuristic unit" when President Xi Jinping last reshaped the country's military -- to disappear.

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