Modernization urged for PLA army to boost combat capacity

10:50, August 01, 2010      

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PLA Daily, the voice of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), published Sunday an editorial to hail the 83rd anniversary of the founding of the army, urging greater efforts in enhancing modernization and national defense.

"Currently, the international trend is experiencing deep and complicated changes, and competitions have become fiercer regarding the international order, national strengths and geopolitics," said the editorial, noting both conventional and unconventional threats to the country's security.

"Modernization is the core of the construction of the PLA army... it should strengthen preparations for warfare and focus on boosting the core capacity of fighting regional battles under the information background," the article said, calling for more efforts in promoting national defense and army building in order to deal with various security threats.

In addition, the article urged the modernization of weapons and equipment and more military exercises to train troops for actual combats.

The editorial hailed the army's efforts in ensuring the country's sovereignty, security and development, and praised their achievements in various tasks in recent years such as anti-terrorist activities, peacekeeping, deep-sea escort and a series of large-scale drills.

In August 1927, armed forces led by the Communist Party of China held an uprising against warlords. The first day of August was later designated as the PLA's founding day.

Source: Xinhua


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