Beijing will assess annually whether state-owned enterprises have met an existing requirement to reserve 5% of vacancies for former members of the People’s Liberation Army as it also pushes ahead with a cut of 300,000 personnel from the armed forces in a drive to modernize China’s military, The Financial Times reported, citing state media. Song Zhongping, a Beijing-based expert on China’s military, said that while SOEs might find it difficult to take on the veterans at a time when they have been told themselves to cut staff and become more efficient, they would obey the party’s instructions since this was a “political task”.
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