Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China


The Central Military Commission (CMC) takes charge of the overall administration of China's armed forces. It has 15 functional sections including seven departments (offices), three commissions and five directly affiliated bodies.

General Office

The office processes all CMC communications and documents, coordinates meetings, and conveys orders and directives to other CMC subordinate functional sections.

Joint Staff Department

Main duties of the CMC Joint Staff Department include carrying out combat planning and combat command support, studying and formulating military strategy and requirements, organizing combat capability assessment, arranging and instructing joint training, combat readiness and routine war preparedness work.

Political Work Department

The department is mainly responsible for the Party construction, political education and human resources management of the Chinese armed forces. The Party construction work is the foundation and cornerstone of the Chinese military, with the political work being the lifeline.

Logistic Support Department

The department is mainly responsible for planning the logistic support for the armed forces, policy study, standards setting, inspection and supervision.

Equipment Development Department

The department is mainly responsible for the planning, R&D, testing and authentication, procurement management and information system construction for the equipment of the armed forces.

Training and Administration Department

The department is conducive to strengthening the centralized planning, organization and deployment of the training across the military and enhancing the management of troops and military academies, so that military training and troop management can be closely combined, and the PLA can better push for the realistic training and rigorous military governance in accordance with the law.

National Defense Mobilization Department

The department is responsible for organizing and instructing the national defense mobilization and the construction of reserve forces, and leading and managing the provincial military commands. It is conducive to intensifying the strategic organization and leadership in those aspects and is a significant step forward for building the national defense mobilization system with Chinese characteristics.

Discipline Inspection Commission

The commission dispatches teams to the CMC organs and theater commands for discipline inspection and supervision, so as to implement the commission's dual leadership system and enhance the independence and authority of discipline inspection and supervision.

Politics and Law Commission

The commission helps intensify the CMC's leadership over the armed forces in political and legal work, deepen the rigorous military governance in accordance with the law, give larger play to the politics and law department, as well as prevent, investigate and deal with criminal activities, so as to keep the military pure and consolidated.

Science and Technology Commission

The commission is aimed for strengthening the strategic management of national defense science and technology, promoting independent innovation, and pushing for the integrated development of military and civilian science and technology.

Office for Strategic Planning

Forming the CMC Office for Strategic Planning and improving the strategic planning system and mechanism for the armed forces are conducive to enhancing the CMC's role in strategic management, reinforcing the centralized management of the armed forces’ strategic planning, and improving the quality and benefit of national defense and military construction.

Office for Reform and Organizational Structure

The office is mainly responsible for planning and coordinating the reform on national defense and military, guiding and pushing for the implementation of major reforms, and taking charge of the organizational structure management of the whole military.

Office for International Military Cooperation

The office is mainly responsible for foreign military exchanges and cooperation, and for managing and coordinating the foreign affairs work of the whole military.

Audit Office

The office is mainly responsible for military audit and supervision work, and for organizing and guiding the audit of the whole military.

Agency for Offices Administration

The agency takes overall charge of the management and support for the CMC organ and the CMC's subordinate departments and units.