March­ing Ahead: 90th Birth­day of the PLA

90th Birth­day of the PLA

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Based on news re­ports of Xin­huanet.com

On Au­gust 1, 2017, a spec­tac­u­lar rally mark­ing the 90th found­ing an­niver­sary of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army ( PLA) was held at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Beijing. Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, ad­dressed the gath­er­ing. In his speech, Pres­i­dent Xi re­marked that the PLA is mov­ing rapidly to­ward “strong” in­for­ma­tion­ized armed forces. Xi said that the PLA has trans­formed from a “mil­let plus ri­fles” sin­gle-ser­vice force to one that has fully-fledged ser­vices and ba­si­cally com­pleted mech­a­niza­tion. He also reaf­firmed the CPC’S ab­so­lute lead­er­ship over the PLA. “The Chi­nese peo­ple love peace,” Xi de­clared. “We will never seek aggression or ex­pan­sion, but we have the con­fi­dence to de­feat all in­va­sions. We will never al­low any peo­ple, or­ga­ni­za­tion or po­lit­i­cal party to split any part of Chi­nese ter­ri­tory out of the coun­try at any time, in any form.”

The PLA has come a long way since its found­ing in the wake of an armed upris­ing of 20,000 sol­diers in the city of Nan­chang on Au­gust 1, 1927. Var­i­ous com­mem­o­ra­tions to mark the 90th found­ing an­niver­sary of the PLA have been held across China re­cently, in­clud­ing a mil­i­tary pa­rade at the Zhurihe train­ing base in the In­ner Mon­go­lia Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in late July and an on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at the Bei­jing­based Mil­i­tary Mu­seum of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Rev­o­lu­tion.

Over the past 90 years, the PLA has been fol­low­ing the ab­so­lute lead­er­ship of the CPC, ded­i­cated to whole-heart­edly serv­ing the peo­ple and fo­cused on con­tribut­ing to the devel­op­ment of the na­tion. Since the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress, the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee with Xi Jin­ping at its core has em­barked on a quest to build stronger armed forces. The PLA has since un­der­gone bold, active and pru­dent re­forms.

Mil­i­tary re­form has al­ready led to historic break­throughs in many sec­tors. Re­struc­tur­ing of the mil­i­tary forces has given the PLA a fresh look, boosted devel­op­ment of mil­i­tary in­dus­tries and laid a solid foun­da­tion for the mod­ern­iza­tion of China’s na­tional de­fense and the PLA.

To­day, China is closer than ever to reach­ing its goal of re­ju­ve­nat­ing the Chi­nese na­tion and needs a pow­er­ful peo­ple’s army now more than any other time in his­tory. The PLA must de­vote all its ef­forts to build­ing a pow­er­ful army, strength­en­ing the army with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics and de­vel­op­ing it­self into a world- class mil­i­tary.

July 28, 2017: Peo­ple visit a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the 90th found­ing an­niver­sary of the PLA at the Mil­i­tary Mu­seum of the Chi­nese Peo­ple's Rev­o­lu­tion in Beijing. VCG

July 30, 2017: Air as­sault ech­e­lons in the mil­i­tary pa­rade at the Zhurihe mil­i­tary train­ing base. by Li Gang/xin­hua July 30, 2017: A for­ma­tion of mo­bile ar­tillery in the mil­i­tary pa­rade at the Zhurihe mil­i­tary train­ing base. by Fei Mao­hua/xin­hua

July 30, 2017: Armed police and spe­cial police in the mil­i­tary pa­rade at the Zhurihe mil­i­tary train­ing base. by Pang Xin­glei/xin­hua

Dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the 90th found­ing an­niver­sary of the PLA at the Mil­i­tary Mu­seum of the Chi­nese Peo­ple's Rev­o­lu­tion, mod­els of key PLA equip­ment in active ser­vice are on dis­play along­side in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits that sim­u­late drills. VCG

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