"War In Front Of Me" - New Chinese Military Video Shows Off Range Of Advanced Weaponry

A new video produced by China's military that features the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) showing off a wide range of the country's latest military technology has gone viral after its publication to social media on August 1st, the day China commemorated 'Army Day'.

The just over two-minute video, called "I am a Chinese soldier" is an over the top patriotic tribute emphasizing a combination of personal sacrifice, loyalty, and a sense of esprit de corps in belonging to an elite, modernized military. 

The National Interest has provided a translation of the popular Chinese language footage, which is described as follows:

The video is brimful with the grandiosity that is now associated with the military under Xi Jinping: a lot of ammunition is fired, and the very latest in China’s military technology — combat aircraft, a carrier battle group, long-range ballistic missiles, submarines and armored vehicles — is on full, proud, active display.

The video further appeals to a masculine sense of duty and sacrificial hardship as the there's a series of scenes in the first half depicting men saying tearful goodbyes to their children and spouses, after which infantry soldiers give fierce battle cries while waving the communist national flag, interspersed with overhead shots of huge intercontinental ballistic missiles a silo and an aircraft carrier battle group

The narration includes the lines: "Peace behind me, war in front of me. Pick up the steel gun, we must let go of the children."

The National Interest notes the masculine and patriotic appeal of the video

As some watchers have observed, the world depicted in this video is very much a man’s world — there isn’t a single female soldier; the few women who appear are mothers and spouses, tearfully enduring, no doubt with the full patriotism that is expected of them by the Chinese Communist Party, the absences and heart-rending departures of sons and husbands. At times serene and towards the end bombastic, the accompanying soundtrack could have been written by Hans Zimmer (think his majestic score for Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line ).

China has increasingly over the past year attempted to promote an image of itself to international foes and rivals as on a path of overtaking the United States and other world powers in the area of defense technology. 

Screengrab from the Chinese military produced "I am a Chinese soldier"

Meanwhile America's top nuclear commander warned this week that both China and Russia's development of hyperonic weapons constitute a threat that the US deterrent arsenal currently cannot defend against

Air Force Gen. John Hyten warned the two countries are not America's "friends" and that the new military technology threat should be taken with urgency and seriousness. 

Screengrab from the Chinese military produced "I am a Chinese soldier" showing off ICBMs

"You can't call them [Russia and China] our friends if they're building weapons that can destroy the United States of America," Gen. Hyten said.

Below is an English translation of the new video, "I am a Chinese Soldier" via J. Michael Cole for the The National Interest

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The narration (translated from Chinese):

Who am I?

I am the one the mother cannot reach at the door.

I am the wife who is reluctant to hang up the phone.

I am a stranger who dares not approach in the eyes of my son.

I am the concern and pride of my loved ones.

Peace behind me, war in front of me.

Pick up the steel gun, we must let go of the children.

Put on the military uniform, we must give up comfort and ease.

Fighting the battlefield, the character of the man.

From the military to the country, there is no regret in this life.

I am a Chinese soldier.

I am a soldier of the people.

I am the guardian of a good life.

Comments

Adolfsteinbergovitch r0mulus Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:04 Permalink

The history of us army shows us they are courageous warriors and modern heroes who put their lives in the line and only seek to stamp out absolute evil like Nazis from this planet we all love.

Now usually Chinese are more discrete. Either they have been driven nuts by Trump or this is just business as usual as this reflects any Asian culture. I would vote for the later...

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giovanni_f Skateboarder Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:02 Permalink

NEVER EVER produce a video without a due share of diversity and gender equality AGAIN

or you will continue to suffer from the persistence of your patriarchal superstructures

the likes of which guarantee your social cohesion, continued economic success, and existential security.

 

Joint action committee to eliminate all white people,

sig. George Soros, Jakob Rothschild, Linda Sarsour

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inhibi WarPony Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

"You can't call them [Russia and China] our friends if they're building weapons that can destroy the United States of America," the general said. He then motioned for his secretary and whispered in her ear "Buy another 1000 of RTN. Make that 2000".

Turning back toward the room, he rested his clasped hands on the ebony table.

"Gentlemen" he continued, "We need to build more weapons. I'm thinking rockets."

 

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NiggaPleeze Skateboarder Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:00 Permalink

""You can't call them [Russia and China] our friends if they're building weapons that can destroy the United States of America," Gen. Hyten said."

By that logic, the US must be entirely friendless.

Amazing, that such utter fucking morons rise to positions of power and rule the world.  Never ceases to astonish me.  They are so deep in the group think echo chamber they have lost all sense of reason, they are just mindless zombies propagating propaganda.

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NiggaPleeze Justin Case Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:15 Permalink

You give the American generals and politicians too much credit.  They're dumb as shit, corrupt, group-thinking morons.  Unfortunately the technical people building the weapons aren't. 

So that in reality the drunk idiot arrogant bully is not holding a knife but a detonator for a massive bomb and Russia shows up with a gun, so what?

As to American hegemony being over, please note that it's US occupying Syria and taking Georgia into NATO, amongst many other things, not Russia occupying Germany and taking Canada into SCO.  At the end of the day you're thinking is as delusional as the US generals.

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Fireman Gen. Ripper Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:56 Permalink

For bad or for worse China owns US and every mutt in Slumville better get with the program. That simple!

 

Beggar$ NEVER, Ever get to choose and when the Dragon is done shitting watch the flushed Saudi Mercan toilet paper dollah implode the Ponzi sewer down in the Potemkin Village (idiot) USSAN "economy" of genocide, fraud and GMO filth.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/246420/major-foreign-holders-of-us-…

Karma time

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Yellow_Snow takeaction Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:10 Permalink

Thank the USSA leadership and it's military's relentless pursuit of antagonizing nations, sanctions, economic warfare, clandestine operations, destabilizing sovereign countries, false-flag operations, impulsive reckless missile strikes, supporting terrorists, and special interest resource wars for where we are at today...

The Russians and Chinese are just doing the predicable reactionary measures... 

Did you think they were just going to sit on their asses ?

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wafm B-Bond Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:39 Permalink

you’re a fucking retard , China is a leading space nation now - thats engineering for you. as for the fuckin yanks, they cant even go to space without russian engines... howz that for a joke. godforsaken shithole the US is, full of fuckin idiots of your type

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