Keep eye to fu­ture, Xi urges

Em­brace tech, pres­i­dent tells mil­i­tary lead­ers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged Chi­nese mil­i­tary in­sti­tu­tions on Wed­nes­day to re­cruit and train top-level pro­fes­sion­als and to de­velop world-class the­o­ries and tech­nolo­gies.

Xi, also chair­man of the Central Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, said well-ed­u­cated per­son­nel, good the­o­ries and ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies are essen­tial to build­ing a top-class mil­i­tary.

He said science and tech­nol­ogy de­ter­mine mil­i­tary com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties so the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army must make more ef­fort in re­search and de­vel­op­ment and con­tinue to boost in­no­va­tion.

Xi made the re­marks at a cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day at the Central Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion head­quar­ters build­ing in Bei­jing that marked the es­tab­lish­ment of the new PLA Academy of Mil­i­tary Science, PLA Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity and PLA Na­tional Univer­sity of De­fense Tech­nol­ogy.

He pre­sented the PLA flag to lead­ers of the three top mil­i­tary in­sti­tu­tions.

The pres­i­dent asked the Academy of Mil­i­tary Science to adapt to new sit­u­a­tions in re­search and de­vel­op­ment and to strengthen in­teror­ga­ni­za­tional and in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary in­no­va­tion. He or­dered the Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity and Na­tional Univer­sity of De­fense Tech­nol­ogy to pro­duce more com­man­ders and pro­fes­sion­als who are qual­i­fied for mod­ern joint op­er­a­tions.

This is the sec­ond time this year that Xi has pub­licly raised the im­por­tance of science and tech­nol­ogy to the PLA. In a meet­ing with na­tional leg­is­la­tors from the mil­i­tary in March, he said the PLA should take ad­van­tage of China’s achieve­ments in science and tech­nol­ogy to help mod­ern­ize weapons and equip­ment.

The pres­i­dent told of­fi­cers to look for, sup­port and make full use of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies that can serve the mil­i­tary’s mod­ern­iza­tion and to as­sist the transfer of de­fense tech­nolo­gies to the busi­ness sec­tor.

Wed­nes­day’s moves seem to rep­re­sent the com­ple­tion of PLA’s reshuf­fling in its re­search and train­ing sys­tem, which started at the be­gin­ning of this year. The reshuf­fling is part of the on­go­ing mas­sive re­form on China’s na­tional de­fense and mil­i­tary, guided by Xi.

By the end of Fe­bru­ary, the PLA had 74 schools and an Academy of Mil­i­tary Science. Thirty-one schools were merged with oth­ers be­fore the end of June. There are 43 mil­i­tary schools plus a new Academy of Mil­i­tary Science, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the De­fense Min­istry.

The new Academy of Mil­i­tary Science, Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity and Na­tional Univer­sity of De­fense Tech­nol­ogy have new lead­ers.

Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Yang Xue­jun is pres­i­dent of the Academy of Mil­i­tary Science. He was head of the for­mer Na­tional Univer­sity of De­fense Tech­nol­ogy since 2011. Yang spe­cial­izes in su­per­com­put­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Zheng He is pres­i­dent of the Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity. He was pres­i­dent of the for­mer Academy of Mil­i­tary Science.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Deng Xiao­gang is pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Univer­sity of De­fense Tech­nol­ogy. As an ex­pert in aero­dy­nam­ics, he served as vice-pres­i­dent at the univer­sity be­fore the ap­point­ment.

LI GANG / XINHUA

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping presents the PLA flag to Ma­jor Gen­eral Deng Xiao­gang, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Univer­sity of De­fense Tech­nol­ogy, at a cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day in the Central Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion head­quar­ters build­ing in Bei­jing.

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