PLA Daily: Focus on war preparedness and combat capabilities

China Military Online
Li Wei
2020-10-15 18:41:55

The army is born with war, and military forces are trained for war. Combat readiness is always the core function and main responsibility of the people's army.

"Focus on war preparedness and combat capabilities, and maintain a high level of readiness." President Xi's important speech when inspecting the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Marine Corps fully affirmed the development and task-completion since the establishment of the Marine Corps. His speech put forward precise requirements for war preparedness and established clear guidance for combat capabilities.

The Marine Corps was established in 2017 in accordance with the deployment on deepening national defense and military reforms. It is an elite amphibious combat force that shoulders important responsibilities of safeguarding national sovereignty security, territorial integrity, maritime rights and interests, and overseas interests.

In the three years since its establishment, the officers and soldiers of the Marine Corps have continuously broken the records of the training ground elevation, flight height, and underwater depth during combat training and preparations. They have improved continuously capabilities to perform diversified tasks in different strategic directions, different battlefield environments, and various mission areas. They strive to forge into an elite and powerful force, which is integrated and versatile in operation, swift in response, and capable of fighting under multi-dimensional conditions.

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the entire armed forces have exerted great efforts in combat readiness, innovating military strategies and combat guidance, building a combat system under the new system, strengthening actual combat training, carrying out a series of major military operations, and have made significant contributions to safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests.

The world is experiencing profound shifts unseen in a century. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the evolution of major changes. The international environment has become increasingly complex, economic globalization has encountered a countercurrent, and China's security situation has become more uncertain and unstable.

"If you want to be successful in the face of the enemy, you should prepare for it in advance." Only when the whole military correctly understand and grasp the general trend of China's security and development, strengthen the awareness of the urgency, crisis, and combat, put all their minds and energy on war preparedness and combat capabilities, spare no effort in preparing for war and sharpening the edge of their combat capabilities, temper good qualities, and improve the level of actual combat, can they build themselves into an elite force that can fight and win in battles and wars.

"A strong country is defined by strong military that can win." At present, the PLA is in a critical period of deepening reform and transformation. New command system, new force composition, new scale and structure, new combat thinking, etc. have brought not only great opportunities to strengthen training and preparations comprehensively, but also presented severe challenges.

The whole military must stick to combat-oriented training and strengthen mission-oriented training tailored to the specific needs and force-on-force training with a higher and stricter level. We must promote innovations in combat theory, training models, and task organization to improve training levels and actual combat capabilities. We must strengthen the integration of subordinate combat forces, combat units, and combat elements, enhance coordination with other services and arms, straighten out related command and support relationships, and deeply integrate into the joint combat system. We must make full use of the favorable conditions for reform, innovate training concepts and models, optimize training methods and tactics, strengthen the construction of training norms and training standards, enhance combat effectiveness, and truly utilize the advantages of the new system and new structure, drive the overall improvement of combat readiness, and earnestly fulfill the mission and tasks assigned by the Party and the people in the new era.


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