China Revamping Its Military To Increase Battle-Readiness

Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang wrote a piece in People’s Daily (Chinese) clarifying how the military would enact reforms in the wake of the Third Plenum. The fundamental goal is to increase the efficiency and battle-readiness of the military. According to Xu, there is still a large gap between China’s military and the world’s leading military (presumably a reference to the United States). Major goals of the reforms include fully bringing China’s military into the information age, revamping the command system for joint combat, and reforming the leadership structure.

Earlier this month, Defense News scanned the 2013 U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission report for mentions of technological breakthroughs that worry the United States. The report noted recent upgrades to China’s nuclear submarines, bomber aircrafts, and ballistic missiles.

In Foreign Policy, Dan Lamothe notes that the newly released U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission report recommended an increased American military presence in the region in order to “offset China’s growing military capabilities.” He ties the report’s recommendation to U.S. anxiety over China’s military advances as well as an increasingly aggressive posture on territorial disputes. Yet the commission also wants to “strengthen strategic trust” by increasing military cooperation, which seems unlikely if U.S. military preparations continue to explicitly target China.

Full article: China Revamping Its Military To Increase Battle-Readiness (The Diplomat)

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