China’s Latest Plan to Become the World’s Greatest Military Superpower

Chinese Soldiers march in Beijing / Photo by August via (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/) Flickr

In its effort to achieve global military dominance, if not supremacy, in the next 30 years, the Chinese government’s latest defense white paper published in 2019 provides both the goals to achieve, and the challenges the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has to overcome.

For well over a decade China has been moving away from a huge, low-tech peasant military to a smaller, more agile and high-tech force.

And it is steadily reaching its goals.

The reportChina’s National Defense in the New Era, explains how the PLA will “address deficiencies in overseas operations and support, builds far seas forces, develops overseas logistical facilities, and enhances capabilities in accomplishing diversified military tasks.”

Among the changes, the document notes the importance of Cyberwarfare, the need for more flexible command and control, as well as increased and more capable long-range naval operations.

The National Interest notes that while there was nothing truly surprising in the white paper:

Still, there is plenty in the paper to disturb the West as well as China’s Asian neighbors. China will continue to replace older aircraft and ships with more advanced models. It is setting its eyes on distant horizons: the PLA will “address deficiencies in overseas operations and support, builds far seas forces, develops overseas logistical facilities, and enhances capabilities in accomplishing diversified military tasks.”

And the Chinese military still has its eyes on Taiwan. “China has the firm resolve and the ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will never allow the secession of any part of its territory by anyone, any organization or any political party by any means at any time,” the white paper says. “We make no promise to renounce the use of force, and reserve the option of taking all necessary measures.

This is by no means targeted at our compatriots in Taiwan, but at the interference of external forces and the very small number of “Taiwan independence” separatists and their activities. The PLA will resolutely defeat anyone attempting to separate Taiwan from China and safeguard national unity at all costs.”

Nevertheless, notes Michael Peck, “…behind the curtain of hypersonic missiles and stealth fighters, is a military that worries about corruption and discipline.” The document notes both are problems for the PLA. Peck adds:

The most glaring is corruption, which has led to numerous senior officers being punished for crimes such as selling promotions. “China’s armed forces are tightening political discipline and rules, investigating and dealing strictly with grave violations of CPC discipline and state laws,” the white paper says.

But discipline is a concern as well according to the report:

China’s armed forces are striving to manage the troops more strictly in all respects. They have fully implemented military rules and regulations, restored and improved the traditional mechanism of using bugles to communicate and command, carried out safety inspections to identify and tackle potential problems, stepped up garrison military policing, strengthened the management of military vehicles by targeted measures, and set up a mechanism of regular notification on garrison military policing.

Bottom line, the PLA is steadily pursuing its goal to become a significant, if not leading, military superpower by the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 2049, but it still has serious weaknesses and challenges to overcome before it gets there. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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robert mcdermott
robert mcdermott
1 month ago

And American corporations are helping them do it.

Barack
1 month ago

yup, at the speed of ‘dark’…. all behind our backs….

Ruckweiler
Ruckweiler
15 days ago

Plus American “consumer” mania for cheap goods.

nemo
nemo
15 days ago

and put our workers on unemployment, or in the Walmart to sell the Chinese products.

Peter
Peter
1 month ago

Possibly we could trade with China. We give them California and they yield Taiwan to us

nemo
nemo
15 days ago
Reply to  Peter

California? Oh no … they gotta take Pelosi, too … & how about we throw in Shumer, & Shiff … McConnell & all the RINOs…

Omega 2
Omega 2
1 month ago

YUP AND THE INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND THE DUMBOCRAP PARTY ARE HELPING OUT VERY NICELY!

Jawad
Jawad
1 month ago

We have a choice. It is very difficult today because of our leaders sitting around the fireside and singing Kum-ba-yah with the Chink-a-zoids and awarding all our $$$ to Chinksville for decades now. However: avoid articles made in China. Buy American, even if you must pay a bit more. I’m just sayin’…

William J de Seve
William J de Seve
15 days ago
Reply to  Jawad

The situation is dire, indeed. But your comment bespoke a little bit of racism. I’m just sayin”’

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Has been goal since Korean War end to date

CaptTurbo
15 days ago

Interesting that Soros, the democrats, and Gates partnered with China to destroy the United States. Why did they do it? How much money and or power can anyone need?

nemo
nemo
15 days ago
Reply to  CaptTurbo

How many have read the UN “Agenda 21” (updated to Agenda 2030) an interesting read … all sounds good till the term “ruling class” … what does that make the rest of us???

john vieira
15 days ago
Reply to  nemo

The world has not changed…Plato’s the Republic advocates the same…Magna Charta came along and the ‘rulers’ had to abandon some of their totalitarianism…it took another 700 odd years to improve on the original…it was called the US Constitution…and it would appear that ignorance will wipe these documents from history to be replaced by the new Psychotic Totalitarianism being ushered in under the guise of “covid”…

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP….IT Does NOT MATTER How BIG an ARMY is. GOD Can TAKE DOWN a GIANT with a SMALL STONE. GOD Has TAKEN DOWN ARMIES Before…it is WRI TTEN in the OLD TESTAMENT. Is There ANYTHING GOD Can NOT DO????? From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

BullyQ
BullyQ
15 days ago

I like the fact that the Chinese are worried about corruption, and the facts are they all are corrupt especially the Democrats in the White House !!! All governments including the Chinese are corrupt lying fools that are going to be the destruction of our world

Charles Nolan
15 days ago

Seeing a one-time opportunity with Biden, China will drive the US out of Asia with nuclear weapons, threatening US cities if we respond.
The Chinese have threatened Japan with nuclear extermination, if they support Taiwan. The Chinese sent pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the Japanese government to reinforce the seriousness of the threat.
The US needs to consider a first strike to take out Chinese nuclear weapons before these weapons are used against us.
The moron Biden will wait for a nuclear Pearl Harbor, unless God removes him.
The destruction of many major US cities, may clean the US of the welfare class that votes for the Democrats.

nemo
nemo
15 days ago

As seen from here … Biden’s kid been messin with the “international scene” … mostly with countries that are not allies… Then enter “Covid 19” (Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease 2019) … the “election” in 2020 … with the results collected on line … [Oh, forgot – where are the computers made???] Hack proof??? Biden’s “Build back better” … Afghanistan … Millions of tax dollars in military equipment (Helicopters & Humvees) and rifles & ammo & small arms, left for the enemy… (Sorry, to me that is aiding the enemy = treason) … and we gotta kissa ss to the Arabs for oil… WHY??? What is Congress doing to rein in this FI?????

Van Snyder
15 days ago

Mike Pillsbury warned about this, and much more, in “The Hundred Year Marathon.”

john vieira
15 days ago

Often wonder if the Chinese really built the Great Wall…purportedly to keep their enemies away…or if their adversaries built same to keep them penned???
Interestingly, the Berlin Wall came down and the purpose for which it was built, to stop people from escaping communism is pretty well redundant as growing amounts of idiots seem overly ‘gung ho’ to embrace the Bolshevik ideals…

TheMadMan
TheMadMan
15 days ago

Why didn’t the United States match the moves that the Chinese were doing? When China takes over a South pacific Island then America would do the same? A game of chess.


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