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China Orders Struggling State Firms to Hire Laid-off Soldiers

China's central authorities have ordered state owned enterprises to absorb vast numbers of soldiers who are due to be laid off as part of the military reforms announced by President Xi Jinping last September. He promised to reduce the 2.3 million strong military by 300,000. "Resettling and receiving ex-servicemen is connected to the overall picture of military construction and social harmony and stability," the official People's Liberation Army Daily, said...

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