Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Tuesday, inspected the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps in south China’s Guangdong Province where he emphasized the significance of accelerating the transformation and enhancing the operational capabilities of the Marine Corps in a bid to develop a strong, responsive and multi-functional force. The president also emphasized the significance of research on both theoretical and practical issues, in order to forge a way ahead for the Marine Corps with Chinese characteristics. He also stressed the necessity of strengthening the Marine Corps’ strategic design to meet the demands of national defense and military modernization.
During his visit to the military base, Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the command of the marines in Guangdong province and urged them to increase their combat readiness and prepare for war.
In his address to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Marine Corps, he called on the Chinese elite unit to “focus all their thoughts and energies on preparing for war.”
The visit took place on October 13, Xinhua News Agency reported.
The Marine Corps of the PLA’s Southern Fleet is designed to conduct combat operations in the waters of the South China Sea. It can also be used both in the Taiwan Strait and along the entire route of Chinese trade flows and the network of ports of China in the Indian Ocean up to Iran. After the reform of the system of military districts of the PLA, the southern military district also received tasks in the direction of Burma.
Is China really preparing for war or is it populism? Experts, having analyzed the military budget, redeployment of troops, personnel policy in the army, infrastructure construction, scenarios and frequency of military exercises, narratives of domestic and foreign propaganda, came to the conclusion that the PRC is preparing for wars in Tibet, the South China Sea, and East Asia. The build-up of offensive capabilities in the southeast also shows that Taiwan is the focus of attention.