China Expands Military "With Peace In Mind"

Tyler Durden's picture

The Chinese military, especially the navy, made great strides last year in improving its combat capabilities, enabling it to better defend the nation against threats to its sovereignty, according to analysts. As China Daily reports, less than a month after being named the head of China's Central Military Commission, President Xi Jinping asked PLA officers to adopt realistic combat criteria in military training. "It is the top priority for the military to be able to fight and win battles," he said during an inspection to the Guangzhou military theater of operations in December 2012. While some have suggested the rapidly expanding PLA navy is driving a seismic shift in Asia's military balance, Chinese experts have refuted such rhetoric, saying military moves by China are only aimed at creating improved self-defense by providing capabilities to match the other parties in the region.



Via China Daily,

"China should have a military that can match its power status," said Ma Gang, a professor at the People's Liberation Army National Defense University. "It is the only big country that has not achieved reunification and faces serious challenges to its sovereignty and several territorial disputes."




In November, China announced the creation of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, which requires aircraft to report their flight plans and establish identification communications while flying through the zone.




Japan's illegal purchase triggered strong protests from China and prompted it to start regular patrols around the islands last year. In July, five PLA warships steamed out of the Sea of Japan, through the Soya Strait and completed the Chinese navy's first circumnavigation of the Japanese archipelago.


Cao Weidong, a researcher at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, said such activities would not increase tensions and that China's stance remains defensive, while its naval forces are still dwarfed by traditional maritime powers.


"Instead, Washington is shifting 60 percent of its warships to the Pacific and Tokyo is gearing up to build a fully fledged military. China is suffering from the threat of escalating conflict," he said.


James Holmes, a maritime strategist at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and a former US Navy surface warfare officer, said, "Naval commentators suggest the bellicose rhetoric shows that both sides are struggling to adjust to their new rivalry.


"And, the Japanese do regional tranquility no service by being alarmed when China's navy transits international straits in a perfectly lawful manner," Holmes told Reuters.




A stronger Chinese military will be able to play a bigger role in serving global peace, he said.


Of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China is the largest contributor of personnel to UN peacekeeping missions.


In the past five years, China has sent 16 fleets composed of 42 warships to the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia, escorting 5,465 vessels and rescuing 42 ships attacked by pirates.


"It is normal for the world to have some suspicions about the Chinese military build-up, while mutual understanding can only be improved through communication."

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
The Gooch's picture

"China Strong!"


BigJim's picture

 It is the top priority for the military to be able to fight and win battles...

Deep, deep thinkers, these Chinese.

knukles's picture

"I was just following orders repeating that phrase."
           -Captain Obvious

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

"Make peace with gun, measure progress in megatonne." - Jackson Brown with "e"

knukles's picture

In the end, they'll poison us with melamine and MSG, taking our treasuries and buying our gold.  Long term thinkers, they be.

ronaldawg's picture

When was the last time China actually WON a battle?  Or actually was involved in a battle?

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

1989 Beijing, Tian An Men Square:

People Army 10000

People 0

Close match, but Army is win quantitative speaking.

satoshi101's picture

kent state

branch davidian

randy weaver


Never in US history has their been any thing like Tiananem SQ, ... the college kids no doubt ( arab spring ), wanted democracy, first round of teenage soliders in uniform were unarmed grab and hung by the necks in trees, and then an only then did the gubmint return in force,


but at no time in american history, have us college kids nabbed a whole squad of un-armed US-MIL soldiers and hung them by the necks in trees until dead, ...

Comparing USA to CHINA is a waste, the governments waits a long time, until they seek to quell the masses, in the USA  a peep  from the masses brings down the full power of US GUBMINT, ... think occupy, taken out and quick, and no cops were killed, or US soldiers,

In the US the COPS/SOLDIERS do all the kiilling,

In asia, they wait for the masses to kill a cop, and then a firestorm evolves.


Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

You know, I'm curious. Did the Chinese say exactly who's piece they had "in mind"?

Manthong's picture

Well, that sham worked for us until we went off the edge.

Uber Vandal's picture

Considering that the Art of War was written in China, I think that these few lines should be reflected upon often:


All warfare is based on deception

The greatest victory is that which requires no battle



Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Melamine? Boris is sprinkle melamine cracker on Borsch and finish with grand belch!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Yu don sei! Mei bi yu chuzu naisa wado nexu taim.

Joe A's picture

Sun Tzu rolls over in his grave.

BKbroiler's picture

We should be worried.  Chinese workers in America will work longer hours, for less, than anyone else.  They are the highest income bracket, the most educated, and have the lowest crime rate of any immigrant group.  They consume next to nothing, produce twice their american counterparts, save money religiously, and are generally not materialistic.  Anyone who has worked with a lot of chinese folks, poor and rich, know this.  I know chinese multi-millionaires working in shithole offices with a 8 year old air conditioner and dirt all over the walls. They just don't give a fuck what you think, and will take your money to the local chinese credit union, send half back to China, and still be more productive with the rest than most of us.  Say hello to your new overlords.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

China stated military objective,

Zhonguo bai gun an buletsu, meiguo bai jan ku. wi wilu win wa.

(* China is call China "Zhonguo" and AmeriKa "Meiguo" - if Tyler is make website compliant to UTF-8, Boris is type beautiful China character)

BKbroiler's picture

few men can phonetically imitate two foreign accents accurately. kudos, Boriz, is well done.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is work hard for master English and Chinese. You are very thank you!

old naughty's picture

N? zh?nxíng (You're ok --- you're the man).

Yenbot's picture


Those ??? said CHUGOKUJIN, Boris! Fark.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Chugokujin is not Chinese, is Japanese (for Chinese). Zhonguomin or Zhonguoren is Chinese (for Chinese).

...keshi, Boris jidao shemma shi?

dtwn's picture

Hmmm, well with 30 million excess males of fighting age by 2020 (due to one child policy) it will certainly be interesting.  30 million virgins, the productive capacity of the world (just as easy for Foxconn to make missile guidance systems and tank electronics as iShit), potential for economic collapse, food inflation, civil unrest, and historical grievances, and you have a recipe for ?????? Moar War!

JackWills's picture

And Australia only 20 some odd total million people and no real jungles to hide out in.  Its a cakewalk for the Chinese.  The excuse will be they came in to protect their investments.  As soon as the USA is embroiled to its neck somewhere else or economically goes over the cliff.  China will secure the easiest portion of the resources pie for itself.

PT's picture

After they finish buying Australia, there won't be much left to invade, but I guess there might come a point where they can't be bothered spending the last extra couple of bucks.

Sizzurp's picture

China seems more and more aggressive, eager to flex their muscle.  Nationalism is strong and I don't get the feeling they are building this war machine to put in the corner and admire.  I get the feeling they will be putting it to use, and soon.  They are shaping up to be a powerful adversary in the Pacific region.  Let's hope cooler heads prevail before any shooting starts.  The cycles of history unfortunately suggest a big one is due.

merizobeach's picture

Agreed.  This article's headline contrasts rather sharply with the headline from two days ago.. 

China Plans To Seize South China Sea Island From Philippines, Says "Battle Will Be Restricted"
Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And in addition to enabling the "fire sale" of all our precious metals?...

Why not provide logistics to them from a Company with such a great reputation for breaking every conceivable law in it's operations it's changed it's name 3 times.

The rabiit hole just seems to get deeper with time!

Frozen IcQb's picture

And they’re importing all that precious metal to make gold plated bullets.



Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Even the likes of Erik Prince realizes that with everything else moving East where the solid money appears to be heading Why not "Mercs R' Us"?...

If that doesn't raise a "red flag" (no pun intended) of how bad things are getting in the U.S.A. than nothing will.

Don't think this is a fait accompli by any stretch at this point, but it would be of enormous interest if this partnership ever made it off the ground and the Chinese actually ended up using his company.

Real Estate Geek's picture

Nice move dumping his "African aviation company" to the venture.

He seems to have the right kind of partners though.

piceridu's picture

Arms makers rejoice! Chinese and Japanese buyers of everything that goes boom...*note: payment will be made withn US Treasuries and Bitcoin.

caShOnlY's picture

Meet China, the new superpower of the world.   Pretty soon China will flex a muscle and take some islands from the Philippines.  Then some from Japan.  The she will take the Philippines.  Not Japan though, too much radiation! ROR!  

old naughty's picture

"It is normal for the world to have some suspicions about the Chinese military build-up, while mutual understanding can only be improved through communication."

…or gesture (presence) !

“Of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China is the largest contributor of personnel to UN peacekeeping missions.”

Real Estate Geek's picture

They want "reunification" first.

WillyGroper's picture

Oh yea, well piece to you, you sonamabich, I go back to Italy.

satoshi101's picture

Fear run like hell, the chinese navy is coming to you ...

China navy goes from zero to 1 or 2 ships,

USA has 1,000's of ships


Fear IRAN nukes to from zero to maybe one, ...

USA has enough nukes to kill everyone on earth 10,000 times


Nobody on earth has ever dropped a nuke on HUMAN's over than the USA, and the USA has the most ships, nukes and a track record of SADISM.


What do you do? Have the ZH MSM do a story about the HUGE fucking chinese navy, ... funny shit? Shit.


SMG's picture
They will field a large blue water navy within the next 5-10 years.

We have gotten rid of most of our nukes including the MX missle, the detrrent is decreasing.

Most of their nukes are mobile, most of ours are fixed in silos.

The NWO plan is to first strike nuke the US from Russia/China.

Don't be so smug, there is real danger here, especially as an American.

NoDebt's picture

Don't waste your breath, SMG.  He knows everything.  Just ask him.  In fact, you don't need to.  He'll gladly tell you all on his own.  Haven't seen the subject yet he's not an expert on.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

No one is nuking anyone. When the time comes, they will release the virus. Why blow everything up?

old naughty's picture

agreed with the virus, after all, they'd been at it (in the labs) for so long...

b,b,but, ever since that mid-summer day in '45, the nukes are for a purpose, no?

if not for deterring benevolent aliens not to internfere with the LIVE-backward (seen the Paul Hellyer vid?) here; then what?

Who erected the Guidestones?


NOT what it seems !

vie's picture

Virus is less fun?  And a lot less obvious as to why we all need to give up our soveriegnty to the UN.  Viruses are for silent kills.  Nukes and chemical weapons are for politics.

Winston Churchill's picture

Really worked out well since 1945 with all that firepower.

Taking on forces much weaker without nukes .and still getting your ass handed to you.

Sure it will be different this time.

satoshi101's picture

Genocide in IRAQ is almost infinite do to 'depleted uranium' bullets used by US-MIL,

Childhood Death from dysentery and radiation poisoning, almost total, don't fool your self that the USA hasn't nuked a country since 1945.

Everywhere the US goes they poison the water with radioactive materials, and take out sewage treatment plants.

chump666's picture

America hasn't had a stand up fight since WW2, instead it over uses it's war machine to fight (and sometimes lose) in sh*tholes around the globe (still paranoid of Russia and now China hence the quagmire battles it has waged).  China could and will launch a ton of convention missiles into any navy skirmish, that and it's air-force will attack Japan/US targets in a tight zone (South China Sea).  Cut off fuel lines and attack navy bases in the region. 

Think about it, China is one massive military base, Japan is small Island, America is overstretched.   Now if it goes nuclear, which it might, it would be tactical Nukes on China's military targets bases and or neutron attacks.

I hope this doesn't happen, but rampant monetization and degrading of free markets will lead to war i.e the distraction, find an enemy

Gromit's picture

"Train hard, fight easy"

Training for the US military consists of regular, consistent engagements with inferior oppostioin which nevertheless ensure that the sharp point of the spear is combat ready.