Xi convenes first ever meeting of entire Chinese military

President Xi rides in a military vehicle in June 2017. Photo: Anthony Kwan / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping convened a military mobilization meeting on Wednesday — the first ever for the entire Chinese armed forces. PRC media reports showed Xi in battle dress addressing the troops, looking at a tank, and peering through the sights of an automatic weapon.

Quick take: Xi has undertaken the most ambitious reform of the military in decades, and in spite of resistance at the start, he looks to have largely won the political battles over those reforms.