Beijing (GPA) – Xi continues his unveiling of ambitious new policies with a massive Chinese military parade celebrating the PLA’s anniversary.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has had an incredibly busy week, and the western world is watching nervously. Xi started the weekend with a highly anticipated major speech in front of a large meeting of members of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
The speech at the end of last week showcased ambitious economic changes in the works for China, as Xi spoke about a return to “socialism with Chinese characteristics” in the style of former historic Chinese President Deng Xiaoping. The speech is suspected to be a sign of the wat the party wants the discussion to go at the upcoming 19th National Congress of the CPC.
The speech was a clearly wise political move by Xi as an assertion of Chinese strength in the current climate of major geopolitical shifts. to concerned outsiders, it looks as if Xi is setting the groundwork to become the next historic leader of China in the mold of Deng, and Mao.
Xi has already begun reshuffling members, and rearranging departments of the government in preparation for the new reforms coming to the economy.
Now it seems Xi is continuing to build that image with this massive military parade, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Xi stood out at this years event, taking the podium in a green military uniform and spoke to the massive gathering of soldiers.
Xi spoke to the military sounding more ambitious than ever, saying things like “Troops across the entire military, you must be unwavering in upholding the bedrock principle of absolute party leadership of the military”. Xi also told the troops to “always obey and follow the party. Go and fight wherever the party points,” a sign that the CPC will soon have a growing role in military affairs.
The parade was also different from usual celebrations by showcasing soldiers in battle fatigues instead of dress uniforms, a lack of military bands in favor of prerecorded music and the first public unveiling of almost weapons never before seen in public. Some of the equipment being seen in public for the first time included new pieces of the highest technology, which included J-20 stealth fighter jets, new transport planes, the J-16 fighter, new personnel carriers, radar jamming drones and of course Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.
Xi wanted to send a clear signal to the word this weekend: China is not to be underestimated or trifled with. Whether the rest of the world takes heed of this warning remains to be seen.
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James Carey is an organizer based in Detroit, Michigan, founder of Geopolitics Alert, and an experienced analyst on Middle Eastern affairs with a particular focus on Turkey. He also covers topics ranging from Latin America and Asia to Europe. You can also hear James in his weekly podcast; The Left is Dead which he co-hosts with investigative journalist Jake Anderson.