PLA uses rap-style mu­sic video to re­cruit peo­ple

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s army is us­ing a rap­style mu­sic video with mas­cu­line lyrics and ad­vanced weaponry to at­tract more young peo­ple to join the mil­i­tary.

The song, called Bat­tle Dec­la­ra­tion, was posted on 81.cn, the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Daily’s web­site. It is the first hip-hop video made by the PLA.

Pre­vi­ous PLA songs have been sung to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of orches­tral melodies, and their lyrics were care­fully worded to avoid be­ing too ag­gres­sive. By com­par­i­son, Bat­tle Dec­la­ra­tion, in an un­mis­tak­able ef­fort to cater to the taste of young peo­ple, fea­tures a pop­u­lar hip-hop style, and the lyrics hide nei­ther com­bat­ive­ness nor a de­sire to fight.

Al­most all of the PLA’s best weaponry is dis­played in the video, and it shows sol­diers train­ing and ex­er­cis­ing, fighter jets con­duct­ing dog­fights and mis­siles be­ing fired, among other mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties.

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