SCIO briefing on PLA construction and development

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Speakers:
Senior Colonel Lu Yu, deputy director-general of the Legislative Affairs Office, the General Office of the Central Military Commission (CMC);
Major General Zhou Shangping, deputy director-general of the Operations Bureau, the Joint Staff Department of the CMC;
Senior Colonel Zhang Chengwen, deputy chief of the General Office, the Political Work Department of the CMC;
Senior Colonel Wu Qian, deputy director-general of the Information Office of the Ministry of National Defense and its current spokesperson

Chairperson:
Hu Kaihong, spokesperson of the State Council Information Office

Date:
July 24, 2017

Hu Kaihong:

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. Welcome to today's press conference. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). The PLA, having gone through 90 years of glory, will celebrate on August 1. Today, we are delighted to invite Senior Colonel Lu Yu, deputy director-general of the Legislative Affairs Office of the General Office of the Central Military Commission (CMC); Major General Zhou Shangping, deputy director-general of the Operations Bureau of the Joint Staff Department of the CMC; Senior Colonel Zhang Chengwen, deputy chief of the General Office of the Political Work Department of the CMC; and Senior Colonel Wu Qian, deputy director-general of Information Office of the Ministry of National Defense and its current spokesperson, to introduce various aspects of the construction and development of the PLA. They will also answer some of your questions. Now, let's welcome Senior Colonel Wu Qian to give his briefing.

Wu Qian:

Ladies and gentlemen, friends, good morning.

The PLA has gone through 90 years of glory and great endeavor. During those 90 years, under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the PLA has made an indelible historical contribution to the great liberation of the Chinese people, to China's socialist construction and reform, safeguarding State sovereignty, security and the interests of national development, and to the cause of world peace and progress of humanity. The PLA is known in the world as a mighty, civilized force for peace.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the PLA has resolutely abided by the decisions and instructions of the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission (CMC), earnestly studied and implemented the content of President Xi Jinping's important speeches, in particular his important exposition on national defense and army building. In pursuing the Party's vision of a strong army under the new situation, we are making great efforts to enhance the PLA's political awareness, intensify the study and application of the Party's innovative theories, and cultivate a new generation of revolutionary service personnel who are faithful, competent and courageous with outstanding moral integrity. We are making efforts to enhance the consciousness of the need to maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, uphold the leadership core, and keep in alignment. We are also making efforts to creatively improve our political work. In this way, we can ensure that the PLA's development is always moving in the right direction politically. Focusing on combat readiness and effectiveness, and guided by the military strategy under the new situation, we have established a fine fighting capability standard, expanded and intensified preparations for any military struggle, improved, in particular, the joint operational command, and modified military training to be more realistic and practical. We have comprehensively built a modern logistics capability, capitalized on science and technology to boost military development, implemented the strategy of civil-military integration, cultivated high-caliber people able to undertake the responsibilities of building a fine army, and steadily improved our war-fighting capability. We are comprehensively carrying out reforms to advance army building, concentrating on addressing institutional impediments, structural constraints and policy-related problems, setting up the framework of the new military system, optimizing the size and constitution of the PLA, and working towards major breakthroughs in important fields and key aspects. We have thoroughly advanced the rule of law in the PLA, unswervingly upheld discipline and fought corruption, facilitated the "three fundamental transformations" of the means of military administration, nurtured greater faith in and awareness of the rule of law among all service personnel, and improved the military legal system with Chinese characteristics, so as to press ahead defense and military development governed by the rule of law. The PLA continues to actively expand exchanges with foreign military forces, and has participated in a range of international peacekeeping, blue-water escort and humanitarian relief operations, thus showing a positive image and strong commitment of a military force from a major country. As our national defense and army building makes historical progress and takes on a new look, the PLA is striding further down the path of army building with Chinese characteristics.

Looking back, the Party has been leading the people's army through the years of magnificent revolution, construction and development. The many remarkable feats are immortalized in history, and its brilliant achievements renowned around the world. Looking into the future, the people's army, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as its core, will make great strides in building a prosperous country and a strong army. PLA men and women, committed to socialism with Chinese characteristics, and following the guidance of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the important thought of Three Represents and the Scientific Outlook on Development, will thoroughly study and implement the contents of President Xi's important speeches, especially the important exposition on national defense and army building, and endeavor to realize the goal of building a world-class army. We will waste no time in advancing national defense and military modernization, resolutely safeguard State sovereignty, security and development interests, staunchly support the realization of the "two centenary goals" and the Chinese dream of great national renewal, and look forward to the 19th CPC National Congress with high spirit and morale.

Hu Kaihong:

Thank you. Now, the floor is open to questions. Please identify the media you represent before raising a question.

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