President Xi Jinping of China on Tuesday issued a new mobilization order for the training of armed forces with a focus on developing an elite force capable of fighting and winning wars as he emphasized real-time training with constant up-gradation of technology besides in-depth reforms since he took power in 2012.
Xi Jinping has been issuing mobilization orders every year, setting operational priorities for the military which now enjoys over 200 billion dollars annual defense budget.
Xi says in his order that the armed forces must closely follow the evolution of technology, warfare, and rivals, redouble their efforts to better combine training with combat operations and strengthen systemic training and the use of technologies to develop an elite force that is capable of fighting and winning wars, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
“All soldiers should uphold the spirit of fearing neither death nor hardships, and conduct training in a vigorous, well-designed and safe manner to boost their commanding and fighting capability and foster excellent conduct”, Xi ordered.
Xi said the changing landscape of national security and combat circumstances must be accurately understood as he ordered the entire rank and file of the armed forces must resolutely implement the plans and instructions of the party leadership and the central military commission.
Since coming to power in 2012, Xi has carried out aggressive reforms of the military, including reorganization of its command structures, army consolidation, and increased funding for the navy, airforce, and rocket division to strengthen China’s strategic outreach capability.
Xi’s lastest order did not elaborate on the changes facing China’s national security and combat circumstances but last year the PLA stepped up exercises and fly-by operations targeting Taiwan, as its navy continued to counter US navy patrols in the south china sea as tensions between Beijing and Washington continued to rise.
Last year was like no other in technology advancement of China’s military after the testing of a hypersonic missile capable of evading U.S nuclear defenses, the move Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the U.S joint chiefs of staff referred to as “very close to a sputnik moment”.
Military experts said the fact that Xi’s lastest training order is substantially shorter than a similar one in 2021 indicated the PLA’s top command sees no need to divulge too many details on its training directions, especially regarding technologies and strategies.
China today is faced with many different levels of threats with multiple hotspots which require PLA to develop a combination of military strategies and capabilities. Those challenges are multidimensional from space, land, air, sea, cyberspace, and electromagnetic fields.
The fact that China now is confronting a difficult geopolitical environment, it finds itself in need of a different combo of strategies, manpower, and weapons in different directions.
China and India continue to lock horns in a prolonged stand-off in the frozen Himalayas in 2021, after their worst border skirmish in decades in 2020 which left more than 20 Indian and 4 Chinese soldiers dead.
Xi wants to turn PLA into a modern and agile fighting military force by 2050, capable of fighting and winning any war with any country on earth.