Wednesday, 3 August 2011

China To Boost Military Development Under New "Strategic Thinking" Model


Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (4th L) and other generals attend a reception hosted by the Ministry of National Defence of the People's Republic of China, to mark the 84th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, in Beijing, capital of China, July 31, 2011. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)

BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The official website of China's Ministry of National Defense (www.mod.gov.cn) went into full operation on Monday, marking the 84th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) after two years of trial operation.
A statement from the ministry hailed the move as "a significant step in promoting transparency" and "an important move in the modernization of China's national defense and armed forces."
The website, authorized by the Central Military Commission, features authoritative and up-to-date defense information, including defense expenditures, national defense white papers and transcriptions of press conferences, the statement said.

There is also a version of the website created specifically for mobile device users, complete with video clips that can be viewed on tablet computers and mobile phones, the statement said.
The website's official launch came just one month after President Hu Jintao, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, made a keynote speech at a grand gathering commemorating the 90th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in which he proposed implementing a "major strategic thinking" model of military development.
"The scientific development of national defense and the army should be the general guideline to follow, and priority should be given to accelerating the development of methods through which troops' combat effectiveness is raised," He said.

The PLA Daily newspaper carried an editorial on Monday, or Army Day, calling upon PLA officers and soldiers to utilize the model proposed by Hu and to promote the development of national defense and the army under its guidance.The editorial said "remarkable achievements" have been seen in the armed forces over the past month as the model has begun to be implemented.
The paper also called on PLA officers and soldiers to enhance risk awareness and to be mindful of their mission, as international military competition has become increasingly fierce and modern wars are swiftly evolving.

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