China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernise its military – the world’s largest standing force – and improve its fighting capacity. President Xi Jinping gaved military flags to the leaders of the three new units – a general command for the People’s Liberation Army, a missile force and a strategic support force. The new Strategic Support Force will likely focus on cyber warfare.
China’s Modernization of Army
By 2020, the northeast region in China should have achieved medium-high growth and met the target of building a moderately prosperous society, according to a statement released after the meeting, held by the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee yesterday.
Xi described the modernization reform as “a major policy decision to realize the Chinese dream of a strong army”. “Catch, catch, catch, catch”, chants the rapper, in a reference to Operation Fox Hunt, Mr Xi’s crackdown on alleged corrupt officials which has extended as far as Australia and Canada as targeted executives and bureaucrats flee arrest on the mainland.
Xi recalled the large-scale commemoration for the 70th anniversary of victory in the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and in the World Anti-Fascist War.
The reform will include cutting troops from 2.3 million to 2 million, phasing out outdated armaments, developing new weapons systems and reducing the size of the militia.
Xi said the three new units were created as part of a modernization reform and “to realize the Chinese dream of a strong military.” He has promulgated the idea of a “Chinese dream” involving “the great renewal of the Chinese nation” and sees a strong military as key to this.
The military reform comes as China has become more assertive in pressing its claims to territory in the East China Sea and South China Sea, increasing tensions with its neighbors. In a bid to show China poses no expansionist threat, Xi announced in September that he would reduce China’s 2.3 million-strong army by 300,000 troops. However, it will still remain the world’s largest.
New Three Division will take responsible from critical issues
Described by Xi as a “core force of strategic deterrence,” the PLA Rocket Force will replace the Second Artillery Force in controlling China’s nuclear arsenal and conventional missiles. The new Strategic Support Force will likely focus on cyber warfare.
“These accidents led to many lives lost, and it’s also deeply harrowing that our compatriots were cruelly killed by terrorists”, Xi said.China must not be absent from global affairs, Xi said in the speech, as the world is looking forward to voices and answers from China.
President Xi Jinping inaugurated three new units on Friday, creating a force to oversee strategic missiles, an army general command and strategic support force. China has sharply criticized the USA exercises as provocative. “By turning antagonism to synergy, hostility to friendship, together we will forge a community of shared destiny for all humankind”, said the president.