Exactly what was mentioned here in extra commentary from a previous article is recognized by another major outlet. It’s the only way to make sense out of these moves. Globalizing a military in the name of protecting interests is how America did it, and now China is following in its footsteps to fill the power vacuum a suicidally declining USA is leaving in its wake.
It will only be a matter of time before the People’s Liberation Army gives China the ability to project “meaningful” force outside its immediate region, according to a commentary published in The National Interest, an American bi-monthly international affairs magazine.
China currently has no bases abroad, no long-range logistics capabilities and only rudimentary satellite coverage, Mastro said, but it does not mean that China cannot have these assets by the end of the decade if it is motivated. Before the turn of the century, few foresaw China possessing its own aircraft carrier or participating in global peacekeeping missions, but these things have already become reality, she added.
Last year, China released a Defense White Paper that stated its need to defend overseas interests. According to Mastro, there are three primary reasons why China would want to expand its global military reach and force.
The first is economic motivation. There are currently around 20,000 Chinese companies with a presence in more than 180 countries and regions around the world with Chinese foreign investment reaching US$60 billion globally. If there is anti-Chinese sentiment or political stability in those countries and regions then that would significantly damage China’s economic interests, particularly in the energy and real estate sectors with heavy Chinese investment.
Thirdly, there is an increasing desire from the Chinese leadership to create a positive international image. This coincides with added pressure from the international community for China to take on more global responsibilities, such as peacekeeping missions, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. China has responded well to the demand, sending over 22,000 peacekeepers to participate in 23 different UN peacekeeping missions and has continued to increase its UN peacekeeping budget.
Full article: PLA’s global power projection cannot be stopped: US academic (Want China Times)