BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked the PLA’s newly-formed 84 large military units to prepare themselves for combat and give priority to building “new-type” fighting capabilities in electronic, information and space warfare.
Xi, also the Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the overall high command of the 2.3 million-strong military, spoke to the commanders of the new units here yesterday and asked them to improve their joint operation capabilities and technology level.
He said the new units of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must prepare themselves for combat and study wars.
The President told the new forces to conduct more combat exercises and give priority to building “new-type” fighting capabilities, state-run China Daily reported today.
In PLA terminology, “new-type” fighting capabilities generally refers to capabilities of engaging in electronic, information and space operations.
Xi’s call for building “new-type” fighting capabilities of the world’s largest military came as Beijing prepares to counter the US deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) interceptor missiles in South Korea, whose powerful radars could see through most of the part of China including its missile development programme.