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United We March On: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army

August 1, 2020 is the 93rd anniversary of the founding of Chinese People’s Liberation Army. On this special occasion, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all the friends from the Pakistan Armed Forces and all walks of society for your commitment and support in building strong military relations.



93 years ago, the Chinese Red Army, which later became the People’s Liberation Army, was founded at a critical juncture of the Chinese nation. 93 years on, led by the Communist Party of China (CPC), the PLA has battled through flame and gun smoke, attained victory after victory, thus yielding a great meritorious service for the nation and people. In the new era, to meet the strategic demands of national security and development, the PLA firmly implements its missions entrusted by the CPC and the people. We maintain a rigorous guard against any possible threats to national security and stability. Meanwhile, historic strides are being made to advance the PLA’s integrated development of mechanization and informationization, speed up the development of intelligent military and create a modernized military force structure to adapt to the trends of worldwide Revolution in Military Affairs and the demands of national security.


In the new era, to meet the strategic demands of national security and development, the PLA firmly implements its missions entrusted by the CPC and the people. We maintain a rigorous guard against any possible threats to national security and stability. 


China has always been a peace-loving nation. The famous Great Wall itself is a symbol of defence. Under the guidance of defensive national defence policy, the PLA honors its international responsibilities and actively participates in UN peacekeeping operations, vessel protection operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PLA has provided medical supplies to the militaries of more than 40 countries. 
Thanks to the commitment of the leaderships of China and Pakistan as well as concerted efforts of our two peoples, our two countries have forged an all-weather strategic cooperative partnership. As President Xi Jinping pointed out, China and Pakistan are true friends and good brothers who are always there for each other come rain or shine. In recent years, the bilateral military relations have maintained a steady and rapid development at all levels. Exchange of high level visits has become a routine, and more and more military visits have been conducted year by year. The army’s Warrior Exercises, air force’s Shaheen Exercises and navy’s Sea Guardians Exercises have become the models of bilateral military cooperation. Each year, hundreds of officers from both countries come together to communicate with and learn from each other, making the deep-rooted friendship consolidated with each passing day.


A friend in need is a friend indeed. After COVID-19 attacked China at the beginning of this year, President Arif Alvi made a special visit to China to show solidarity and support. The Pakistani Army took the lead in mobilizing various sectors to donate medical supplies, and the PAF dispatched a military aircraft to take them to China. We will never forget the warm and timely support extended by our Pakistani brothers. When Pakistan came face to face with the challenges of the pandemic, we reciprocated by donating medical supplies, financing a quarantine hospital and sending medical teams. The PLA also sent four sorties of donated medical supplies, while a PLA medical expert team stayed in Pakistan for two months, sharing expertise with Pakistani colleagues. China will continue, as what Pakistan has done to us, to provide assistance and support to our brother for curbing the outbreak.


A friend in need is a friend indeed. After COVID-19 attacked China at the beginning of this year, President Arif Alvi made a special visit to China to show solidarity and support. Pakistan Army took the lead in mobilizing various sectors to donate medical supplies, and the PAF dispatched a military aircraft to take them to China. We will never forget the warm and timely support extended by our Pakistani brothers. When Pakistan came face to face with the challenges of the pandemic, we reciprocated by donating medical supplies, financing a quarantine hospital and sending medical teams. The PLA also sent four sorties of donated medical supplies, while a PLA medical expert team stayed in Pakistan for two months, sharing expertise with Pakistani colleagues. China will continue, as what Pakistan has done to us, to provide assistance and support to our brother for curbing the outbreak.
The world today is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century. With peace and development remaining as the irreversible trends, international system and order are undermined by hegemonism, power politics, unilateralism and constant regional conflicts and wars. Facing the new era, China will continue to stand together with Pakistan in safeguarding national sovereignty, upholding justice, maintaining regional peace and marching toward an even stronger friendship!

A Mighty, Civilized & Peaceful Force
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has gone through 93 years of glory and great endeavor. Under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the PLA has made an indelible historical contribution to the great liberation of the Chinese people, to China's socialist construction and reform, safeguarding State sovereignty, security and the interests of national development, and to the cause of world peace and progress of humanity. It is known in the world as a mighty, civilized and peaceful force. 
A Mighty Force
As the PLA becomes increasingly modernized, and regulated, it has grown from a single-service force into one with multiple branches of service, and from an under-equipped force to a highly mechanized one. Firstly, the PLA has a steadfast belief and fighting spirit, and the mottoes of daring to fight, daring to win, fearing neither hardship nor death, vividly portray its courage and upright nature. Furthermore, the PLA is optimizing organizational structure, new types of combat forces have been enhanced to conduct special operations, all-dimensional offense and defence, amphibious operations, far-seas operations and strategic projection. The military doctrines have been innovated and the outcomes have been delivered in military strategy, joint operations and informationization, which have provided a theoretical support to defence and military development. Moreover, the PLA has made great progress in independent innovation in strategic, cutting-edge and disruptive technologies. And it is optimizing the overall composition of weaponry and equipment, promoting the balanced development of main battle equipment, information systems, and support equipment. 



A Civilized Force
The PLA is world-renowned for its strict discipline. Now, it is building a military legal system with Chinese characteristics; strengthening oversight and supervision in military training and combat readiness; promoting legal awareness through public communication and education campaigns; establishing and improving the support mechanism of legal consultation and service; and advancing law-based management in the military. Therefore, it has been managed more strictly in all respects, contributing to maintaining its positive image. In addition, the PLA always carries forward the tradition of staying in close touch with the people and defending their rights and interests, actively participates in disaster rescue and relief. 


As President Xi Jinping pointed out, China and Pakistan are true friends and good brothers who are always there for each other come rain or shine. In recent years, the bilateral military relations have maintained a steady and rapid development at all levels. Exchange of high level visits has become a routine, and more and more military visits have been conducted year by year.




A Peaceful Force
The development of China’s national defence aims to meet its rightful security needs and contribute to the growth of the world’s peaceful forces. China is a major contributor to the UN peacekeeping budget and the largest troop contributor among the permanent members of the UNSC. The PLA has participated in 25 UN peacekeeping missions and has contributed more than 40,000 peacekeepers. 15 Chinese military personnel have sacrificed their lives in the UNPKOs. Since December 2008, the PLA has dispatched more than 100 naval ships in 35 Task Groups to carry out escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the coast of Somalia, which have provided security protection to over 6,700 Chinese and foreign ships, and rescued over 70 ships in distress. After the breakout of COVID-19 pandemic, the PLA provided medical supplies to the armed forces of more than 40 countries, sent medical teams to Pakistan, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia to help them fight against the pandemic. 


The writer is Defence Attaché, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Pakistan.

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