China will have even better weapon than Muricans can build. With longer reach, and with more bang, and a lot more than Muricans.On par doesn't mean having to be as modern in every equipment,but at least to the point that whatever weapon US can build, China can build them too.
I don't believe that would be a realistic goal, but then again, China has performed many miracles (especially within the economic field) before, we will wait and see.China vows to build ‘fully modern army’ by 2027 on par with US army as Beijing policy meeting ends on defiant note
- The four-day plenum in Beijing wraps up with a statement that says it has entered a period of ‘strategic opportunity’ for development
- Plans for next 15 years highlight key role for technological development and importance of boosting domestic markets
Josephine Ma and William Zheng
Published: 10:59pm, 29 Oct, 2020
A key policy meeting concluded on Thursday with a statement that China would not let external pressures sway it from becoming a great power.
It also set a new goal to turn the People‘s Liberation Army (PLA) into a modern military force by 2027, by which time, analysts say, China aims to build an army on par with that of the US.
The four-day plenum at Beijing’s Jingxi Hotel concluded with a televised ceremony at which the 360-plus attendees did not wear masks – a sign of confidence that the country has tamed Covid-19.
The communique issued after the ceremony said China must seize the opportunity presented by the current global upheaval to be in the front row of great powers.
The confident statement came just days before a messy and chaotic US presidential election approaching its final stage.
While highlighting the international uncertainties and risks, the communique said China would be “steady in terms of our strategies and we will focus on getting our work done”.
The plenum has been under close scrutiny as observers watch for signs about how the pandemic and the rising pressure from the West might affect Xi Jinping’s leadership as the Communist Party puts together road maps for the country’s medium and long-term development.
Two blueprints were discussed during the meeting, the 14th five-year plan and the development goals for 2035.
Among the development goals, the communique said, is the construction of a fully modern army by 2027, which marks the centennial of the founding of the PLA.
Hong Kong military analyst Song Zhongping said the new centennial goal can be interpreted as “putting the PLA as a leading modern force in the world, one that can be on par with the US army”.
Junfei Wu, deputy head of Hong Kong think tank Tianda Institute said this is the first time the Chinese leaders have included the military in such development goals. He said the goal was primarily targeted at Taiwan.
“Basically, the target is to build PLA’s capability to match the US army by 2027, so It can effectively deter interference by the US army around the Taiwan Strait.”
Xi has set two centennial goals before, to turn China into a “moderately prosperous society in all aspects” by 2021 which is the centennial of the founding of the party, and to turn China into a ”modern socialist country” by 2049, which is the centennial of the founding of the PRC.
Julian Gewirtz, a senior fellow for China studies at the Council for Foreign Relation, said the inclusion of these longer-term goals was significant, “though it is hard to say it means Xi will definitely rule until then”.
“It‘s important to note that this plenum isn’t just discussing the next five-year plan,” he continued. “It’s also building out the vision for 2035, spanning greater technological self-reliance and other goals for economic and social development.
Why 2035? The easy answer is that it’s the halfway point between the ‘two centenary goals’ of 2021 and 2049.
“Whether or not Xi rules until 2035, this provides a medium-term frame for the actions under way, especially since the next several years will likely remain very challenging for China.”
The communique said China has made “remarkable achievements in curbing the pandemic” and made positive progress in its diplomacy, adding that these could only have been achieved under the “helmsmanship” of Xi.
The plenum acknowledged growing international uncertainty but it said China has entered into a period of “strategic opportunity” for its development.
It also said China aimed to become a “great nation” by 2035 on multiple fronts including technology, manufacturing quality, internet, digital technology, transportation, sports, health, culture and education.
It highlights technological innovation as the key driver for China’s development for the next decade.
“By 2035, the economic and technological prowess and the comprehensive strength of the country will have taken a major leap forward … there will be major breakthroughs in core technologies and [China] will become a leader among innovative countries,” it said.
“We should insist on the core status of technological innovation in our overall plan of modernisation, and make technological self-reliance the strategic pillar for our national development.”
There was no mention of “made in China 2025”, an ambitious project to turn China an innovative and industrial power, which the United States used to argue it should restrict hi-tech exports, including computer chips.
But the communique said the country would accelerate the pace of building up its modern industries and of turning the country into an industrial, online and digital power.
It also stressed the need for self-reliance and prioritised growth in its domestic markets.
“We have to form a strong and big domestic market … and accelerate the pace to nourish domestic demand.”
China has been pushing a so-called “dual circulation” strategy of developing domestic markets while remaining open to foreign trade and investment to build an internal economic ecosystem less prone to external sanctions and turbulence.
The plenum also said it was important to ensure the security of the economy and society.
Gewirtz said: “China’s leaders now believe that China has one important new advantage ... it has contained Covid-19 and its economy is growing again, making it harder for firms looking for opportunity amid a global economic crisis to walk away….Of course, we should question that official optimism, which seems to put too rosy a cast on a profoundly challenging situation.”
Mainland analysts said the communique was a consensus document that aimed to address the concerns of policy makers from different sectors.
Xie Maosong, a political analyst at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, said Beijing had learnt from the rivalry with Beijing and the communique aimed to give a comprehensive view on areas where China needed to catch up.
“China has a deep understanding of its shortfalls in technology, economics and the standard of living that could be targeted by the US... it is only when the shortfalls are met that China can be impeccable.”
He said China would pay extra attention to digital technology in the future as it has played a key role in controlling the pandemic.
Ma Xiao, assistant professor of political science at Peking University, said the party statement did not contain anything controversial, adding: “You can see the interests of all government departments have been taken care of in the communique.”
Gu Su, a professor of philosophy and law at Nanjing University, said the moderate tone and the comprehensiveness of the communique showed that it is a consensus document while at the same time wanting to avoid further tension with the US.
“If you read between the lines, the tone of the [veiled references to the US] are low key and firm,” Gu said.
He was echoed by Junfei Wu, deputy head of the Hong Kong think tank Tianda Institute, who was quoted by the SCMP as claiming that "basically, the target is to build the PLA's capability to match the US Army by 2027, so it can effectively deter interference by the US Army around the Taiwan Strait".The newspaper South China Morning Post (SCMP) cited Hong Kong military analyst Song Zhongping as saying that the PLA-related goal could be seen as something that aims to turn the Chinese military into "a leading modern force in the world, one that can be on par with the US Army".
The remarks followed the state-run news agency Xinhua reporting early last year that the PLA had completed a major part of its internal restructuring, drastically slashing its manpower as part of a strategic shift into a modern world-class force.The plenum communique came after Chinese President Xi Jinping said late last week that a stronger military could play a significant role in providing "strategic support" for China's national modernisation programme.
lol can we introduce some rules and/or fields in the post form to prefix/tag the publisher/source link so we dont always have to waste our time scrolling down the entire article to the source to avoid hyperbolic spins from American/Hong Kong papers where you have to read several paragraphs or sometimes even to the end of the article only to figure out the entire report is fake, incorrect or hyperbolic paraphrasing that has nothing to do with reality.China vows
not only it’s own equipment, but building up the capabilities of its strategic partners near its strategic rivals.China need to build many Type 055 cruisers, Type 095 SSNs, Type 096 SSBNs, Type 003/004 aircraft carriers, H-20 stealth bombers, J-20 stealth fighters.
China should also increase the nuclear arsenal and remove the no-first-use nuclear policy. This defensive policy is outdated and it just invites foreign aggression.
Hopefully current tensions with the US will lead to a significant increase in the military budget and increased production of weapons. China now has the money and should increase military spending to 4% of GDP (~$600 billion per year).
Very noble thoughts brother. Cannot be faulted.The world should have atleast one Sane country with money to spend on Technology, science, development, New technologies etc. Not spend $750+ billion on military. If china believe it have uplifted it's population from poverty and misery, then it should go ahead and help its immediate neighbours and allies in achieving the same. Even if it means a like of Marshall plan.
If China achieve a level (for example forth generation) in technologies, it should make sure it's neighbors got third generation atleast. If it moves ahead and reach to level five, help your neighbours reach level four atleast. This way you create a block of loyal allies against the US
Let China come with such offer. Don't "recommend" such things. We are friends and we should remain so. One party favouring the other over a long time damages The relation and turn it to master slave relation. If we can afford a military and navy of this scale, we will buy, if we can not, we will try to survive till the time where we can afford to pay for such high end items.not only it’s own equipment, but building up the capabilities of its strategic partners near its strategic rivals.
Israel gets ~$3+ Billion in military and economic aid from the US annually. It has used that money to buy American equipment, based on its needs, and has shaped the Mideast to the point that after decades of hostility, most Mideast countries have come around to de facto accept and do business with Israel, as well as not challenge US interests.
If China were to extend a few billion dollars every year to its strategic partners, such as Pakistan, then it would help those countries contain strategic threats to China (such as India).
The most advanced Chinese equipment in other countries also allows China to exercise with that equipment overseas. For example, if the China gave a Few Type 052DL destroyers to Pakistan, it would have “sensor nodes” that could data share with Chinese C4ISR and build up threat libraries.
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One squadron of J-10s (~$1 Billion) to the PAF each year for 10 years would create a paradigm shift between India and Pakistan and bog down the IAF from bothering China. Another $1 Billion per year on warships for the PN would do the same for the Indian navy and decrease their ability to interfere in the South China Sea. A further $1 Billion for the Pakistan Army would allow them to buy the MRAPs and Helicopters to guard CPEC, as well as buy the VT-4 tanks to rebuild the tank force within a decade. Pakistan would also stop spending as much money on western systems and be spending more of its own money to maintain these systems aided to it from China. So, the money would come back to China in long term maintenance contracts and some license production.
$3 billion a year for the next 10-15 years in Chinese made equipment would be a drop in the bucket for China, but a game changer when it comes to containing India.