søndag 17. januar 2021

Opinion: China Is Becoming a Military State

Amendments to China's National Defense Law, effective the first of this year, transfer powers from civilian to military officials. The changes signal the growing clout of the People's Liberation Army inside the Communist Party and highlight the militarization of the country's external relations. The new law, most significantly, contemplates the mass mobilization of society, presumably for war.

The amendments reduce the role of the central government's State Council in making military policy, transferring powers to the Communist Party's Central Military Commission (CMC). Specifically, the State Council will no longer supervise the mobilization of the People's Liberation Army. "The CMC is now formally in charge of making national defense policy and principles, while the State Council becomes a mere implementing agency to provide support for the military," Zeng Zhiping of Soochow University told Hong Kong's South China Morning Post.