'China to boost Army's might to win local wars'
Posted on: 07:22 PM IST Mar 05, 2012
Beijing: Facing a host of territorial disputes with its neighbours, China on Monday said its 2.3 million-strong military's focus will be winning "local wars" using cyber as well as modern technology.
"The most important thing is to win local wars under information-age conditions," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in his work report presented to the National People's Congress on Monday highlighting Chinese military strategy which also underlined that the military will be under the "absolute control" of the ruling Communist Party.
From the border dispute with India to maritime tensions with Japan and a host of East Asian countries, China faced diverse military issues in its neighbourhood.
The Chinese Prime Minister, who along with the President Hu Jintao is expected to step down later in 2012, said, "We will enhance the armed forces' capacity and capability", a day after Beijing announced boosting its defence spending to top $ 100 billion in 2012 - a whopping 11.2 per cent increase over last year.
"We will accelerate the modernisation of the logistics support system, and vigorously enhance our capacity for making innovations in defence-related science and technology and in weapons and equipment development," Wen said.
China will focus on training a new type of highly competent military personnel, actively yet prudently carry out reform of national defence, and run the armed forces with strict discipline and in accordance with the law, he said.
"We will comprehensively modernise the armed police force," said Wen, adding that the government will also strengthen national defence mobilisation and improve reserves.
"We will strengthen ideological and political standards and fundamental principle of the party having absolute leadership over the armed forces," Wen said.
The Chinese military has a unique position in the country's politics and is considered to be a part of the CPC.