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Chinese PLA’s Glorious Journey of 95 Years

Implementing the vision of Xi Jinping to modernize Chinese military, PLA is moving forward to achieve the Chinese Dream. In doing so, the military-to-military engagement with Pakistan Army provides greater opportunities for regional and global peace.



August 1 this year marks the 95th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China. On August 1, 1927, following the Nanchang Uprising led by the Communist Party of China (CPC), it was for the first time in the history of China that a military was founded which truly belongs to the Chinese people. Remaining true to the Party's original aspiration and the mission for seeking well-being for the Chinese people and for rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, the PLA has traveled over a glorious journey of 95 years. Through numerous battles and countless hardships, the people's military has been advancing with courage and fortitude. It has made tremendous and historic contributions to securing the Chinese nation's independence, safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, promoting world peace and human development.


China is willing to strengthen communication, reinforce cooperation, deepen pragmatic exchanges with Pakistan, and properly deal with the complicated factors in regional situation, so as to bring the bilateral military-to-military relations to an even higher level.



The history of the people’s armed forces is a history of reforms and innovation. During these 95 years, the PLA has made great achievements in this regard. It has transformed itself from a land-based single-service army, ill-equipped and poorly-supplied into a strong military force featuring a range of services and arms, equipped with such state-of-the-art weapons as aircraft carriers, fifth-generation fighter jets, hypersonic nuclear-capable ICBMs and nuclear-powered submarines. In the new era, China is advancing defense and military modernization across the board and deepening reform in national defense and armed forces in all respects, with a focus on removing institutional barriers and solving structural and policy-related problems to adapt to the trends of worldwide RMA (Reforms in Military Affairs) and the demands of national security. Historic strides have been made in strengthening the armed forces, including reforming the leadership and command system, optimizing size, structure and force composition, and reforming military policies and institutions. On the journey ahead, the PLA will fully implement Xi Jinping’s thought on strengthening the military in the new era, unswervingly following a path of military development with Chinese characteristics, so as to accelerate the modernization of national defense and the armed forces, and to make great efforts to elevate the PLA to world-class standards.
China will remain committed to promoting peace, development, cooperation, and mutual benefit, to an independent foreign policy of peace, and to the path of peaceful development. China will work to build a new type of international relations and an international community with a shared future. No matter how the international landscape evolves, China will always strive to maintain world peace, promote global growth, and uphold international order. 



China's military will always be a force for world peace and development. In April 1990, China's armed forces dispatched five military observers to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) and embarked on a new voyage as a participant in the UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKOs). In the past three decades, China's armed forces have participated in the UNPKOs with courage and determination, always committed to fulfilling their missions of safeguarding world peace and contributing to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. China's Blue Helmets have become a key force in UN peacekeeping. Since December 2008, the PLA Navy has conducted 40 escort missions to the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia. The PLA Navy has been bringing peace to the once pirate-laden waters and protecting the sea lanes of communications. Moreover, China's military, in conformity with Chinese President Xi Jinping's important announcement that the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines should be a “global public good”, has donated COVID-19 vaccines to the armed forces of numerous countries. 
China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and over the years, both sides have kept close coordination and firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other’s core interests. China is willing to strengthen communication, reinforce cooperation, deepen pragmatic exchanges with Pakistan, and properly deal with the complicated factors in regional situation, so as to bring the bilateral military-to-military relations to an even higher level. We have achieved fruitful results in fields such as high-level visits, joint training and exercises, anti-epidemic and equipment technology cooperation, constantly enriching the connotation of bilateral strategic cooperation. The Chinese PLA stands ready to expand cooperation with Pakistan in various fields and inject a new impetus into the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.
Pak-Cheen Dosti Zindabad!


 

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