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Purpose of Chinese Drills: Threat Abroad or Reassure The Military?
China is holding large-scale exercises of Navy,
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Air Force.
Naval exercise will be held in three sea zones;
PLA will exercise across six military regions
for three consecutive months.
Air force will exercise in Eastern and Central China.
What’s the reason that China holds drills?
Let’s take a look.
The naval drills are held in Bohai Sea, Yellow Sea,
East China Sea and Beibu Gulf.
The drills will take place in Bohai Strait, Northern Yellow Sea
from July 25 to August 1.
Firing exercises held from July 26 to August 1
in Northern Gulf water; and
the Eastern Sea firing drills held from July 29 to August 2.
The PLA drills would be the longest.
Six military regions started across region live-fire
exercises 10 times for three-months.
From July 15, ten remote rockets, artillery, air defense brigade
from Nanjing, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu and
Ji’nan have entered into six training bases.
Meanwhile, the Air Force located in East and Central region
of China for a 26-day exercise.
Now air control has launched in East and Central regions.
At least 12 airports had flights cancelled or delayed.
Chris Wu, US-based chief editor of China Affairs magazine
says that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is corrupt and
It has caused a declining economy and social unrest.
The only force the CCP can use is military,
using drills to show its power still in control.
Chris Wu: “The CCP’s first goal is to protect its power.
Because the decree couldn’t be passed smoothly,
there is a saying “decree couldn’t be sent out of Zhongnanhai.”
Under this circumstance, how does the CCP show its power
still in control?
It uses military drills to show strength.”
Chris Wu says that through the drills, the CCP intends
to stir up a wave of patriotism.
In order to divert civilians’ anger from domestic problems,
economic decline, unemployment and more.
At the same time, to show its muscle
to Japan, Vietnam, Philippines and other countries.
Actually, CCP’s military drills have provoked worries
in its neighboring countries.
Yu Maochun, Professor of US Naval Academy comments that
the drills would possibly increase the worries
to its surrounding countries.
It would push these countries to work together,
to consider the CCP as their common threat.
This would bring the opposite results to the CCP
in its political struggle with other countries.
Japan has more concerns about Chinese drills
held in the East Sea region.
The state-run media published an article on July 25,
the date of the 120th anniversary of the First Sino-Japanese War.
The article said that “the war becomes a painful scar
in Chinese people’s mind.
Facing Japanese rightists’ challenges, we won’t shoot the gun first,
but absolutely not allow you to fire the second shot.”
Ding Shufan, Professor of College of International Affairs,
Taiwan: “I neither think the drills link with tensions between
the two countries, nor with Sino-Japanese War.
Now Chinese military need reforms,
so through the exercises to verify it.
I think this is the first reason.
The second reason is that from last year,
the CCP military was fighting corruption.”
Ding Shufan says that after the CCP cracked down students’
protest on June 4, 1989,
it has held a large-scale exercise to reassure soldiers.
The current drills are also to stabilize the military.
Because fight corruption has stirred up people’s mind.
Xu Caihou, the top military official has been dismissed.
He was expelled from the CCP in June and has been
handed over to court.
The state-run media revealed that Xu has controlled
the military’s top level promotion for more than a decade.
He relied on Jiang Zemin’s support, ignoring Hu Jintao,
the former Chairman of military commission.
Xu also promoted his allies in the military,
selling military ranks to gain the wealth.
After Xu Caihou’s downfall, his corruption with military
officials whom he promoted, was partially exposed.
For example, Xu appointed Gu Junshan as a logistic chief,
thus Xu has accepted bribes of 40 million yuan cash and
four luxury apartments in Shanghai.
Media also revealed that the regime has found a leather case
without seals in Xu’s home.
There was 10 million yuan cash in the case.
A personal profile of Ye Wanyong, the former political
commissar of Sichuan military region, was also in the case.
Ding Shufan says that Xu promoted too many people.
The anti-corruption campaign has stirred up the minds
of officials who had been promoted by Xu.
Xi Jinping, the current military leader wants to
reassure the military via the drills.
Interview/ChenHan Edit/ShongFeng Post-Production/GuoJin