A Force for Peace: Love Knows No Boundary
With solid progress made in modernising the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Chinese service personnel are embracing the international community in a more confident, open and proactive manner. More Chinese servicemen are engaged in global efforts. China has donated emergency relief supplies to countries such as India affected by tsunamis, the United States hit by Hurricane Katrina, Pakistan rocked by earthquake, and the Philippines hit by the landslide. The Chinese army have also played their due part in international humanitarian relief efforts in countries thousands miles away. In global hotspots and countries and regions inflicted by these conflicts, China’s blue-helmet troops, emerged as brave and capable forces. They shoulder the responsibilities bestowed to the Chinese Army and represent a force for world peace.
Chinese military personnel are never absent in such scenes as United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping, international humanitarian aid, overseas escort, joint exercises and training with foreign armed forces, and friendly military visits, where they are exemplary of a peaceful force.
China has always sought to extend help beyond its territory when needed. With the desire for peace deeply rooted in Chinese culture, the PLA has always been a staunch force for world peace and regional stability. On the occasion to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1931–1945) in 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the PLA to deliver their sacred mission of safeguarding homeland security, ensuring that people live in peace and maintaining world peace. Cherishing this mission, the Chinese army are going global ever more unswervingly. Chinese warships have evicted pirates amid the rough sea in the Gulf of Aden; Chinese military personnel built bridges, roads and other infrastructures in Libya; the army worked to maintain combat readiness and bring peace to Gao in the Republic of Mali. Chinese servicemen keep guard in the scorching heat, which gets as high as 40 Celsius degrees, in Juba, South Sudan.