|Formed||11 January 2016|
|Type||Functional department of the Central Military Commission|
|Jurisdiction||People's Liberation Army|
|Headquarters||"August 1st Building", Beijing|
|Parent department||Central Military Commission|
|Armed Forces of the|
People's Republic of China
|Special operations force|
|History of the Chinese military|
|Military ranks of China|
The Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission (JSDCMC) (Chinese: 中央军委联合参谋部) is the command organ and the headquarters for the People's Liberation Army (PLA), superseding the former PLA General Staff Department (GSD). It was established on 11 January 2016, under the military reforms of Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman Xi Jinping.
Headquartered in Beijing, the Joint Staff Department (JSD) is under the absolute leadership of the CMC and likely serves as an institutional link between members of the CMC and post-2016 PLA 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.
Prior to the 2016 transition, the General Staff Department comprised the following bureaus:
Within the present Joint Staff Department are the following bureaus:
The Intelligence Bureau of the Joint Staff Department, formerly the 2nd Bureau or '2PLA' under the GSD, is the most well-known bureau subordinate to the JSD for its role in espionage.
Since 2022, the Chief of Joint Staff Department is General Liu Zhenli. The current deputy chiefs are Lieutenant General Ma Yiming, and Major General Shao Yuanming. Prior to the 2016 rename, department heads were referred to as Chief of the General Staff Department.
|No.||Portrait||Chief||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Defence branch|
|October 1954||October 1958||4 years||PLA Ground Force|
|October 1958||September 1959||11 months||PLA Ground Force|
|September 1959||December 1965||6 years, 3 months||PLA Ground Force|
|December 1965||March 1968||2 years, 3 months||PLA Ground Force|
|March 1968||September 1971||3 years, 6 months||PLA Ground Force|
|January 1975||March 1980||5 years, 2 months||PLA Ground Force|
|March 1980||November 1987||7 years, 8 months||PLA Ground Force|
|November 1987||November 1992||5 years||PLA Ground Force|
|November 1992||September 1995||2 years, 10 months||PLA Ground Force|
|September 1995||November 2002||7 years, 2 months||PLA Ground Force|
|November 2002||September 2007||4 years, 10 months||PLA Ground Force|
|September 2007||October 2012||5 years, 1 month||PLA Ground Force|
|October 2012||January 2016||3 years, 3 months||PLA Ground Force|
|General Staff Department is renamed to Joint Staff Department|
|11 January 2016||26 August 2017||1 year, 227 days||PLA Ground Force|
|26 August 2017||Incumbent||5 years, 181 days||PLA Ground Force|