Beijing is marking 70 years since the Communist Party came to power with extravagant celebrations.

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Tuesday 1st October 2019 10:22:08 in English News by Xafiiska Hargeysa
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Beijing is marking 70 years since the Communist Party came to power with extravagant celebrations.


My overall impression of the military parade we saw earlier in Beijing is more about questions than answers. The military element of the parade was not that different to its two predecessors during Xi Jinping's leadership. There was a clear emphasis on "intelligent warfare" and networked command and control capabilities, seeking to demonstrate that the People's Liberation Army is part of China's digital revolution.



A key question which is difficult to answer from watching a parade like this is the effectiveness of the reform and restructuring of the PLA launched by President Xi in late 2015. This is going to be a long-haul process up to 2049, the target date for the PLA to be a world class military.


The PLA, like many militaries, across Asia has not been tested in combat for several decades. Ironically, the period of time when the PLA has made its fastest technological advances matches the decade when US and allied forces fought their hardest during bloody wars of intervention in the middle east and Afghanistan, gaining invaluable operational experience.


Source: BBC
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