Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed on training and exercises for joint operations of the military
China’s National Defence Law has been amended.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked the military to strengthen training to hone its combat skills and remain on high alert. This comes as the new revised defence laws expanding the powers of the armed forces came into force from this year.
Jinping has now greater control over People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
He also ordered the PLA to “substantially increase” the use of technology in its exercises, and to keep up with the latest developments in military and hi-tech knowledge. These included the use of computer simulations and online combat in drills, as well as exploration of more opportunities to add hi-tech and the internet – known as tech+ and web+ – in training.
What are the changes in Defence Laws?
- China’s President Xi Jinping has signed an order that has amended China’s National Defence Law, giving the Central Military Commission (CMC)
- It gives the CMC greater power in mobilizing resources to protect a new and broader definition of what constitutes the national interest
- Experts say the phrase “development interests” included the protection of China’s economic activities and assets overseas, such as those under the Belt and Road Initiative, as a reason for defense mobilization
- The amendment broadened the scope of key security fields beyond land borders, maritime and air defence, to include outer space and electromagnetic networks
“[The PLA must] increase the integration of new equipment, new forces and new combat realms into training and combat systems.”Xi Jinping