Late last week, China’s news media were filled with images of President and Party General Secretary Xi Jinping touring the joint battle command center of the Central Military Commission, dressed for the occasion in combat fatigues. The occasion for the visit and for the special attire was Xi’s assumption of a new title, Commander in Chief of China’s Military, a position he now holds in addition to his role as Chairman of the Central Military Commission. What does this new status and the manner of its presentation to the world mean? —The Editors

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