China's PLA moves to greater transparency

15:03, April 28, 2011      

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China's Ministry of National Defense recently announced a plan to hold monthly press conferences. The plan reflects the confidence and open attitude of the Chinese armed forces, and is an important step towards greater military transparency.

The plan serves the needs of military modernization. Thanks to its growing comprehensive national strength, China has achieved remarkable progress in developing its defense and military capabilities. The country firmly pursues a defensive policy, and its military forces are commonly regarded as a powerful force for peace.

However, there have been continuing concerns and misunderstandings over China's defense reform, military development, and military spending.

In order to ease the concerns and clear up the misunderstandings, China needs to provide solid facts and actively introduce its military forces to the world. The MND used to hold press conferences only for the release of the annual defense white paper and some other major events. The monthly press conferences will facilitate its communication with the media, and ease domestic and international concerns over China's national defense and military development.

Furthermore, the Chinese people have the right to know about the progress of the country's military forces. Regular press conferences will unveil the unnecessary mystery of the armed forces, and satisfy the people's needs for latest military information, so they will better understand the country's military development and the irreplaceable role of military forces in the comprehensive national development.

Admittedly, the MND will follow the principle of selective transparency at the press conferences for national security reasons, but it is a common practice among all countries in the world.

A good start is always half the battle, and as the MND keeps improving the procedures of press conferences and enhancing their influence, they will gradually become an important military information platform for people who are interested in the development of China.

By People's Daily Online
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