CCTV to dedicate channel to military affairs to promote national defense education
Since ancient times, national defense and agriculture have been the two major bases of China’s development and construction. Some surmise that it is because the PLA won battles in the past with a force made up of a lot of farmers, an approach known as “millet and rifle.” Thus, it made sense to group the two themes together on one channel as the continuation of a tradition. In addition, soldiers in some areas in China’s history, such as the Production and Construction Corps in Xinjiang, undertook the dual task of guarding border areas and reclaiming wasteland for agricultural use. CCTV has set up correspondent stations in the military commands in Tibet and Xinjiang autonomous regions, and in the PLA Navy and Air Force divisions. Since 2018, the PLA army, navy, air force, rocket force and other military services have held open day activities for the public, especially young people, in order to enhance publicity and education about national defense. Many local governments attach great importance to strengthening the health of young people and have added content in primary and secondary school textbooks that can show the fighting spirit of the PLA. According to the Xinhua News Agency, an extensive project in the field of national defense education, with the aim of constructing 10 national defense education theme parks and squares, 100 themed streets and 1,000 themed bus stops is underway, which intends to integrate national defense elements into people’s lives and youth education.
The night view of the Beijing-based China Central Television Building