Chinese Military Vice Chairman Urges Troops to Get Ready For Combat: Xinhua

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While it is unclear how much of it is populist bluster, how much is posturing, and how much an actual, objective caution, Bloomberg points out an article by China's news agency Xingua posted on the website of the Ministry of National Defense, in which Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (which is chaired by Xi Jinping himself) "urges Chinese troops to get prepared for combat by improving planning, equipment and logistical support in order" to be ready to "win the war."

Bloomberg adds that Fan made the comments in recent inspection tour of China’s Southern Theater Command. The warning comes days after China officially warned the US that its patrols in the South China Sea - which despite last week's decision by the Hague tribunal - deems as its own, could end in "disaster."



A quick bio of Fan Changlong:

Fan Changlong (born 1947) is a general in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of the People's Republic of China. He is a Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, and formerly served as commander of the Jinan Military Region.


Fan was born in Dandong, Liaoning Province. He joined the PLA and the Communist Party of China in 1969. He became a major general in 1995, a lieutenant general in 2002, and general on July 15, 2008. Fan has been an alternate member of the 16th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and a full member of the 17th Central Committee. In 2012, ahead of the 18th Party Congress, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission.


In mid-April 2016, he paid a visit to the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, according to the country’s Ministry of National Defense, which reported the visit on Friday 15 April 2016. Gen. Fan Changlong was said to have been the highest-ranking People’s Liberation Army officer ever to visit the Spratly Islands. General Fan led a delegation to the “relevant Nansha Islands to offer good wishes to officers and personnel stationed there, and also to understand the construction of facilities on the islands,” said a brief statement from the Ministry of National Defense. His tour appeared intended to show China’s determination to ward off any challenges to its claims over the islands, which are also the subject of claims by the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan.

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And here is the full article as it appeared on the Chinese Ministry of National Defense., google translated.

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CPC Central Committee, Central Military Commission Vice-Chairman Fan Changlong emphasized recently in the southern theater forces research, to earnestly study and implement President Xi major strategic thinking and decision-making important instructions, adhere to the party's absolute leadership over the army, firmly grasp the Party in the new situation strong military target under the full implementation of the political army reform and a strong army, in army stepping up preparations for military struggle, strengthen the combat of military training, and constantly improve deterrence and combat capability, and resolutely obey the Central military Commission and President Xi command, and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.

Central Military Commission, commander of the Air Force Ma Xiaotian, CMC member and rocket forces commander Wei Feng and were about to participate in research.

Fan Changlong stressed the need to deeply understand the complexity of the grim situation facing the security, stepping up preparations for military struggle of the work to ensure that the order, be able to have to go win the war. Focus on the difficult situation to deal with complex, targeted research warfare countermeasures, revision and improvement plan program, deepen all aspects of preparation of personnel, equipment, security and so on. Depth specializing in refining and confrontational drills used in efforts to build a critical moment, to play a key role in the "dagger" forces, improve military and emergency response capabilities assault capability. Strengthen combat duty, well-organized air and sea patrol, firmly secure disposal of various contingencies, to ensure air safety side of the sea. We must resolutely implement the Party Central Committee and President Xi instructions requirements, support local flood prevention work to do, to protect people's lives and property, to restore normal production and life order to contribute.

Fan Changlong pointed out that we should always put ideological and political construction in the first place the construction efforts in enhancing political awareness, the overall sense of core consciousness, awareness on par with efforts to lay a solid command of the Party's ideological and political foundation. Should study and implement President Xi "July" important speech as a major political task, a thorough understanding of speech grasp the profound meaning and spirit, enhance crack army building, the actual ability to reform and preparations for military struggle puzzle. To continue thoroughly implement the spirit of the ancient Tianquan Jun political union, a strong push forward the reform of military education campaign and the "two learning to do a" study and education, a view to achieving real results.

Fan Changlong stressed the need to pay attention to changes in military research and external environment, the test of reform and adjustment of interests, arduous task forces and other factors soldiers thought to bring stability to focus on the grassroots level, unify ideological work fell to the grass roots, and create hold people's hearts by undertaking internal environment, so that the officers and men have to realize the value of life and to get a sense of accomplishment. Strengthen military management, to maintain security and stability forces. Perseverance strengthen style building, completely eliminate Guo, Xu due to potential regulatory pernicious habits and promote overall improvement troops atmosphere, enhance the cohesion of combat troops to stimulate positive energy Army-strong army.

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pods's picture

They better start a war quick, because they are pretty much decimating their land.

"Are we dangerous here?"


American Psycho's picture

The economy does need a good jolt of war stimulus.  Bullish

freak of nature's picture

The infographic suggests they're a little light on the ships. Maybe that's why iron ore is getting a little boost lately?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

We should sell them our scrap metal.  That worked out well with Imperial Japan.

FreeShitter's picture

So do we get 20k or WWIII first to refinance teh debt?

GraveDancer's picture

3 trends shaping WW3:

a) rise of Jihad in the middle-east & beyond.
b) China's military expansion & modernisation.
c) economic De-leveraging of the western world. 

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Plus the Anti-Christ took over Turkey. 

NoWayJose's picture

All that other crap won't matter when Erdogan invades Syria! That is WHY he purged the military who opposed doing such a thing!

zvzzt's picture

Turkey is by far the most interesting party, I think. Messing with the US, not really riendly (certainly not historaically) with Russia. EU not liking things.... Not big friends with Syria. What the hell are they doing? 

Cynicles's picture

What the hell are they doing? 

Self destruct sequence.

rwe2late's picture

really ?

no mention of NATO and Pentagon "first-strike full-spectrum dominance" & expansion?

no mention of US & Saudi invasions and covert financing of "jihadism"?

no mention of Israeli Zionist expansion and' clean break"?

no mention of Obama's Asian "pivot", or US renunciation of nuclear arms accords with Russia?


but Chinese military "modernisation' is allegedly a "trend" to cause WW3

as well as Chinese military "expansion(?)"? (did I miss hearing about  China invading somewhere?)


nailgunner44's picture

(did I miss hearing about China invading somewhere?)

The Chinks have been busy stealth-invading North America and other Western nations the past 20 years. You just don't hear about it because it's not reported. That would be rayciss don't ya know?


Cynicles's picture

When they join Bloomberg and the US gun control nuts you will know where they plan on "landing".

MalteseFalcon's picture

I don't see how a modernized China can be kept from eventually claiming the South China sea.

65 years ago they nearly beat us in Korea.

A deal was made with the devil and the devil is coming to collect.

ss123's picture

Doesn't matter. Nothing shakes this market. Even the interruption of transporting goods.

Crash Overide's picture

I remember when people started throwing around the idea that market "fundamentals" don't matter anymore.

The people shrugged and chugged along, now it's just crazy town out there.

RabbitOne's picture

I can hear the discussion now “...hey the economy is going to hell how do we cover that up!....Ah, I don’t know....Hey wait, lets start a war to cover up how bad things are!!...”

GeezerGeek's picture

I bet they do it during the Democrat's convention. Half the country will be swooning over seeing Hillary Clinton and the other half will be puking in their bathrooms. Either way, no one will notice what the Chinese are doing.

roadhazard's picture

They have a military excersize going on in the S. China Sea so might as well run a total Chinese fire drill. 



Infield_Fly's picture
Infield_Fly (not verified) Jul 19, 2016 12:28 PM

China's economy is fucked.  Time for the slants to create a war!!!


Get the DRONES!!!

Soph's picture

Lotsa truth to that.


But we'll keep supporting China, it's albout getting more stuff on the cheap!

ironicmerman's picture
ironicmerman (not verified) Soph Jul 19, 2016 12:49 PM

But but in the US...MAGA!  Orange Donald, save our souls!

Bollixed's picture

Mr. One Trick Pony spews again. Did you give up on getting a life or is this as good as gets for your expectations?

Cynicles's picture

it's albout getting more stuff on the cheap!

Yup, because the ever increasing US regulations have destroyed any chance of the US making goods [quality even!] for any sort of competitive price.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

But, but, but...they make the drones.

847328_3527's picture

Moar important they make all the iCrap.

Infield_Fly's picture
Infield_Fly (not verified) Yukon Cornholius Jul 19, 2016 1:55 PM

Did you read that on TMZ??? Good for you jack!!!

walküre's picture

What if nobody reads the paper? Are the generals fighting by themselves?

DrData02's picture

No. Never.  They'll send your kids to kill some peon's kids.  They don't fight.  They collect dividends and bonuses.

Autonomous's picture

What are the odds of any US-led coalition getting their asses handed to them on a plate?

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  Pretty good is my guess. Historically the US does not go boots on the ground in China. It's a losing strategy.

beemasters's picture

I think there are more Chinese boots on the US ground as it is. There's no winning it.

fockewulf190's picture

Apple, and any other company with a US stamp on it, will be history within China if a war breaks out.  That is yet another Black Swan, among the many Black Swans already in the flock, that will trigger the Great Reset.  Have you been preparing enough?

sleigher's picture

"Have you been preparing enough?"


I don't know.  That is one of my biggest problems.  How much is "enough"?  

skinwalker's picture

If you know how much you have, you don't have nearly enough.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

If you can carry all of your ammo on a hand truck, it isn't enough.

Golden Phoenix's picture

Considering how many counterfeit items the Chinese are selling on sites like Ebay and Alibaba it'd probably be a wash.

The fact we can't seem to manufacture anything in the US anymore would be a huge wartime problem.

Crash Overide's picture

"The fact we can't seem to manufacture anything in the US anymore would be a huge wartime problem."


You would be amazed how many small shops with cutting edge CNC machines dot the countryside and I bet there is plenty of old factories/industrial propery that could be operational with a little bit of work.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

...many easily converted into making guns and other weapons.

aardvarkk's picture

That is not a black swan, and neither are any of the other possibilities that you can see.  By definition, a black swan is an event that was TOTALLY UNEXPECTED.  On 9/10/2001, nobody (well, almost nobody) was sitting there thinking about the likelihood of planes hitting the twin towers.  It's just not something that you thought about.

A black swan would be the discovery of a huge asteroid on a collision course with Earth, or a heretofore unknown race of people that have been living underground in caverns coming out and attacking people.  Perhaps the invention of a battery that can hold a year's worth of output from a Gigawatt power plant in a container that can fit in the bed of a pickup.

Whether China attacks or we attack them or shit blows up in the ME or the EU breaks up entirely...we don't know what those are, but that doesn't make them black swans.

SimpleJackBlack's picture
SimpleJackBlack (not verified) Jul 19, 2016 12:42 PM

Sum ting Wong!

Dr. Bonzo's picture

Sum ting Wong!


Hahahahahahaha... after seeing that 5000x it's still funny. Or not.

user2011's picture

Sure, when the kids and grandkis are all overseas living extravaganza life style, i am sure the communist chinese will dare to start any shit.

VZ58's picture

Everyone is getting aboard Obummer's failed foreign policy of anemia and weakness train, while the going is good. They all see what a non-entity he has been on the world stage. And with Hillary next, the pickings are good. Time for a little economic stimulus courtesy of nationalist muscle flexing. Who's going to do anything about it?

Consuelo's picture



 Show me a 'Bloomberg' article that has evidence of Russian military hardware flowing into certain regions of China, because without it, there will not be any conflict.



ironicmerman's picture
ironicmerman (not verified) Jul 19, 2016 12:50 PM

Fan Changlong: "We are going to win so big."

snakehead's picture

Be funny if a Pyongyang missile or three go "off track" and hit Beijing.

snakehead's picture

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