In his first New Year’s order to the country’s armed forces, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need for “full-time combat readiness” and stated that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) should exploit current conflicts to improve the capabilities of the troops.
The PLA must be ready to “act at any time,” he said, as the country’s armed forces launched Monday’s military training and exercises for the year.
He also ordered the military to “substantially increase” the use of technology in its exercises and to keep abreast of the latest developments in military knowledge and high technology. These included the use of computer simulations and online combat in exercises, as well as exploring new opportunities to add high technology and the Internet (tech + web).
“The military must increase the integration of new equipment, new forces and new areas of combat into training and combat systems,” he demanded.
It will have to train in real battlefield conditions to build their military capability according to the program established by 2027.
In particular, China has challenged the United States with the deployment of its hypersonic Dongfeng missiles against Taiwan.
Presented at the October 2019 grand parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Dongfeng-17 (DF-17) missile is now deployed along China’s southeast coast.
The DF-17, a hypersonic missile, can now reach land with a range of 2,500 kilometers.
By firing two intermediate-range missiles, the DF-21 and DF-26, towards the Paracel Islands on 26 August 2020, China has just issued a stern warning to the United States against continuing what it considers to be provocations in the China Sea and around Taiwan. Strategically, the launch of a nuclear missile like the DF-26 was an unprecedented deterrent.
These test launches occurred against a backdrop of high tensions between Washington and Beijing. One day earlier, a U.S. spy plane entered a Chinese military no-fly zone used for live-fire military exercises.
by Basit Abbasi – FN