Just as the military buildup ruse “for Taiwan”, it’s about the United States:
“Our military battle preparation appears to aim at Taiwan, but in fact is aimed at the United States, and the preparation is far beyond the scope of attacking aircraft carriers or satellites.” – Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian, December 2005.
The People’s Liberation Army is going through a major reorganization on a scale unseen since the 1950s, which is aimed at creating a modern fighting force to “close the gap with US capabilities,” Wyatt Olson wrote for Stars and Stripes.
“Although much remains vague about how the restructuring will take place, China’s civilian and military leaders have recognized that its armed forces lag behind the US military in important aspects,” he observed.
The overhaul, supervised by the Communist Party’s Central Committee, was launched on January 1 and is meant to be finished in less than five years, by 2020. The overarching goal is to create a “strong” and “modern military system with Chinese characteristics,” China’s Xinhua news agency noted.
When this process is complete, “the line-and-block chart of the PLA from the national level down to the theater level will be obsolete, because it is the key elements of the legacy organizational framework itself that are the objects of change,” David M. Finkelstein explained in a recent analysis.
Full article: China’s major military restructuring aimed at closing the gap with US (Spacewar)