China’s reformed PLA training hard to win wars amid South China sea tensions

The PLA now enjoys a whopping over USD 145 billion annual budget, next only to the US military with whom it looks set for a confrontation in the SCS.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: July 30, 2016 7:06 pm
China, South China sea, China military, Xi Jinping, South China Sea dispute, China PLA, China military modernisation, China military training The PLA is bracing for major showdowns in its increasingly volatile neighbourhood of South China Sea.

Undergoing radical transformation to increase its combat capability amid rising tensions over the disputed South China Sea, President Xi Jinping is pushing China’s 2.3 million-strong PLA which turns 89 tomorrow to train hard to win wars as it expands its high tech arsenal.

Reorganised from top to bottom by Xi in the last four years, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) – the world’s largest – is bracing for major showdowns in its increasingly volatile neighbourhood triggered by the international tribunal verdict quashing China’s expansive claims over the resource-rich South China Sea (SCS).

Reform is a comprehensive and revolutionary change, and obstacles and policy issues that may hold back reform measures must be addressed so as to build a strong armed forces commensurate with China’s international status, Xi has said as he consolidated his hold over the military to emerge as the most powerful Chinese leader in recent times.

Operating under the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) unlike other militaries which function directly under governments, the PLA now enjoys a whopping over USD 145 billion annual budget, next only to the US military with whom it looks set for a confrontation in the SCS.

Focusing his attention on the PLA the day he took power in 2013, Xi wanted the military to function under the command of the Party, increase its capability to win wars and operate  in proper working style by weeding out corruption. Over 40 top commanders including two retired military chiefs faced investigation for corruption, which became rampant in the PLA with allegations of generals selling ranks
for hefty bribes.

On July 25, a Chinese court sentenced former military chief Guo Boxiong to life in prison for corruption. He was reported to have accepted bribes worth about USD 2.3 million mainly selling military ranks to highest bidders. Xi also carried out the biggest anti-corruption drive to cleanse the party in which thousands of officials have faced punishment. While firming up his grip on the military, Xi also stepped up PLA’s reorganisation and brought the entire command and control under the Central Military Commission (CMC), the highest military body headed by him.

On April 20, Xi appeared in public with a new title -commander-in-chief of the newly-established CMC joint battle command centre which he inspected on the day dressed in camouflage fatigues. The centre belongs to a tiered command system including the CMC, theatre commands and others. It is part of the overall reform of the PLA’s organisation, a culmination of Xi’s military thought, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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  1. M
    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:06 pm
    Soon China will ask its iron friend to join with them! It is for no reason that China is giving oxygen to Pak terrorists! China probably would like to create its own Mujahideen brigade in stan to meet its future demand!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Interesting what stan will do when it refused to join its previous friend Saudia Arabia recently in its fight against its "enemies"! Test is coming!
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      Anand oak
      Jul 30, 2016 at 9:15 pm
      We will have to be alert where it hurts most. One point is Ladakh which can be in pincer attack from east and kashmir valley on the west. Secondly an attack through Sikkim can cut through Siligudi neck upto Bangladesh border. Remember, USA is bent on destroying world's armed nations. It started with Lebya, then Syria, now Turkey. Before facing China directly, USA will shoot putting gun on India's shoulder. India will have to protect its integrity. Where can we hit? Balochistan, Xinjiang and pro democracy group in China. How about navy. Close Malacca bay gor chinese vessels and hit Gwadar.
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        ashok s
        Jul 31, 2016 at 12:06 am
        We should not show for tat, wasting budget on defense products is no good for our country. Hindu chini bhai bhai
        1. S
          Jul 30, 2016 at 3:31 pm
          PLA training hard to win wars...?????Against whom...?Even stan and North Korea has been training hard to win wars..!!!!!Come on ! Every one knows, China is nation of merchants, Huan is small built,slimy and crafty(like a fox) conducive for trade(their DNA).It is not gun, but the man behind the gun that matters"
          1. P
            Jul 30, 2016 at 10:33 pm
            In case of war, India should ensure equal amount of damage to china in swift mode. Eventually there is only one thing that will burn china and that is its territorial greed.
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