Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission
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Official patch of the Joint Staff Department
Agency overview
Formed11 January 2016; 6 years ago (2016-01-11)
TypeFunctional department of the Central Military Commission
JurisdictionPeople's Liberation Army
Headquarters"August 1st Building", Beijing
Agency executives
Parent departmentCentral Military Commission

The Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission (JSDCMC)[1] (Chinese: 中央军委联合参谋部) is the command organ and the headquarters for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China, superseding the former PLA General Staff Department. It was established on 11 January 2016, under the military reforms of CMC chairman Xi Jinping.[2]

Headquartered in Beijing, the Joint Staff Department (JSD) is under the absolute leadership of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and likely serves as an institutional link between members of the CMC and post-2016 theater commands. According to the JSD, its main duties include carrying out combat support planning and combat command support, studying and formulating military strategy and requirements, organizing combat capability assessment, arranging and instructing joint training; and combat readiness and routine war preparedness work.[3]

Since August 2017, the Chief of JSDCMC is General Li Zuocheng. The current deputy chiefs are Lieutenant General Ma Yiming, and Major General Shao Yuanming.

Within the Joint Staff Department are the following bureaus:

List of Chiefs of the Joint Staff

For the former office, see People's Liberation Army General Staff Department.

No. Portrait Chief of the Joint Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref.
Fang Fenghui 房峰辉
Fenghui, FangGeneral
Fang Fenghui

(born 1951)
11 January 201626 August 20171 year, 227 days PLA Ground Force
Li Zuocheng 李作成
Zuocheng, LiGeneral
Li Zuocheng

(born 1953)
26 August 2017Incumbent5 years, 32 days PLA Ground Force


  1. ^ "国防部新闻事务局官微发布中央军委机关英文译名". People's Daily Online. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  2. ^ "Xi urges reorganized military organs to focus on winning wars". Xinhua. Archived from the original on January 11, 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  3. ^ "Ministry of National Defense: CMC". Official Website of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense.

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