China expands wartime military draft

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Beijing this week announced revisions to its conscription policy and said that should China enter a state of war, veterans and educated college students can expect to be on top of the list to be drafted.

China has positioned these changes as a necessary step to modernize the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and to bolster its combat effectiveness.

However, adding the nation’s most educated as priority draftees runs counter not only to traditional Western conscription practices, but China’s as well.

Several of China’s top universities already have military departments included in their institutions where students can combine their studies with military training.



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