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BEIJING — Driven by ambitions to make China a great power, President Xi Jinping is staking his political authority on a huge task: overhauling the Chinese military, which is still largely organized as it was when a million peasant soldiers mustered under Mao Zedong.
Mr. Xi wants a military that can project power across the Pacific and face regional rivals like Japan in defense of Chinese interests. To get it, he means to strengthen China’s naval and air forces, which have been subordinate to the People’s Liberation Army’s land forces, and to get the military branches to work in close coordination, the way advanced Western militaries do.
China’s military budget has grown to be the second largest in the world, behind that of the United States, and the country has acquired sophisticated weapons systems. But Mr. Xi has told his commanders that is not enough.
originally posted by: musicismagic
So much for the might of the US military help. American military is living off of a big mouth and no action, China knows it and so does North Korea. Weak leadership in the White House has been this downfall.
originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: musicismagic
While I am happy for the Chinese people to get more education I think you are GROSSLY underestimating the US.
You can continue to do so, it really is to our advantage. Just know that like all things we adapt and change strategies as time changes.
We may not project our force like we have in the last 50 years, but thats only because we no longer need to.
China should worry about improving the living conditions of its citizens. While it is a slightly better military force than before its people are still pretty undereducated, under fed, under represented politically and over worked.
They should try to be even to the west in quality of life as well....just saying.