CCTV to ded­i­cate chan­nel to mil­i­tary af­fairs to pro­mote na­tional de­fense ed­u­ca­tion

Global Times US Edition - - FOCUS C -

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.

Photo: VCG

The night view of the Bei­jing-based China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion Build­ing

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