Monday, 8 March 2021

China Increases Defense Budget, Premier Orders the Military to Prepare for War


In the drafted document, titled, “The Fourteenth Five-Year Plan for the National Economic and Social Development of China and the Outline of Long-Term Goals for 2035,” which was first released at the “two sessions” on Mar. 5, the regime emphasized that the military must be loyal to the CCP. The document also said that developing technologies in the following fields is crucial: ocean, space, cyberspace, biology, new energy, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum technology.

The plan said that technological developments must be performed through cooperation between the military and civilians, which the Chinese regime called “civil-military fusion.”

The document explained: “The military and civilians should plan the technology’s development as a whole, share the resources and facilities with one other, transfer the technologies to both uses, and co-develop the key businesses.”

The plan mentioned human resources: “Strengthen the joint training of military and civilian personnel, complete the system that supports the personnel to work for either military or civilian, set up common qualification certifications [that both military and civilians accept].”

The plan reiterated several times about modernizing and developing advanced weaponries, and equipping the military with intelligent weaponries.

Chinese Ministry of National Defense posted a question on its official WeChat account: “China keeps on strengthening its military force and showing its muscles to the world [in recent years]. China becomes more and more aggressive when having disputes with neighboring countries. Does this mean China has changed its defensive defense policy?”

The defense ministry then claimed that China wouldn’t pursue hegemony nor expansion and believes in defensive defense.

However, the Chinese military has grown more aggressive in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea, such as performing military drills, sailing an aircraft carrier, and sending warplanes to enter Taiwan’s airspace. In August 2020, Beijing launched ballistic missiles to the South China Sea to target imaginary foreign aircraft carriers.

Tang believes that Xi Jinping wants China to compete with the United States, which is the reason that he set his administration’s political slogan as “strong China.” Xi’s slogan is different from former Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s “stand up” and Deng Xiaoping’s “rich China.”

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