Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

China vs. Japan: Dazhang/The Diaoyu/Senkaku-XXIV

“In 2013, the goal set for the entire army and the People’s Armed Police force is to bolster their capabilities to fight and their ability to win a war …. to be well-prepared for a war by subjecting the army to hard and rigorous training on an actual combat basis (South China Morning Post 15 January 2013), stated in the directive report. Since the 1980s, the Chinese government has not used “Dazhang,” meaning “go to war,” in any Chinese military official media until 14 January 2013. The General Staff Headquarters of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) issued “the directive on military training in 2013” to the Chinese military. According to the no-more-than-1,000-words directive Dazhang has been mentioned over ten times. It urges its commanders and soldiers to strengthen their readiness for possible war (PLA web 15 January 2013). “All servicemen and servicewomen should always bear in mind the awareness of war and the sense of crisis (PLA Daily 14 January 2013).” It is unusual for using Dazhang in Chinese military newspaper unless there is an important message from the Beijing regime. It is clearly that the Chinese have made their mind in the East China Sea. “If we are attacked, we will certainly counterattack (China Military Online 16 January 2013). 

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