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Xi expands wartime mobilization powers as Taiwan tensions rise

Rules allow swift recruitment of civilians, bypassing legislative procedures

Chinese soldiers practice marching in formation. Beijing is struggling to recruit members for the military.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has granted the central leadership under President Xi Jinping greater control over mobilization for national defense without having to go through time-consuming legislative processes.

The changes will allow, for instance, the leadership to swiftly amend the National Defense Mobilization Law and broaden the age groups of civilians it would recruit when on a war footing.

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