2011-02-10 (China Military News cited from indiatimes.com) — China has “amended” rules for its armed forces controlled by the ruling CPC to increase their capability to win “local wars” and enhance their ability to conduct military operations in non-battle conditions.
China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), headed by President Hu Jintao, has amended regulations to improve the operation of party organs in armed forces, according to an official statement carried by state-run Xinhua news agency.
The amended rules aim to reinforce the guidelines of ‘Scientific Outlook on Development’ in the development of national defence and armed forces, the statement said.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China unlike other armies has a unique status as it functioned directly under the control of the ruling Communist Part of China (CPC).
The CMC, which controls the largest standing military of the world, is headed by President Hu, who is also the General Secretary of CPC.
The new regulations also “reflect the new missions of Chinese armed forces to increase the core capability of winning local wars in conditions of informatisation and the capability of conducting military operations other than war,” the statement said.
The “informatisation” wars or cyber wars were given prominence as PLA, which considers cyber wars as the most important component in the 20th century warfare, opened its first cyber base last year to handle all types of cyber threats.
The centre, according to a senior PLA official, marks the debut of a new force in China to tackle potential cyber threats and strengthens army’s capacity to tackle information-based warfare.
The new amended rules placing emphasis on “local wars” followed recent assertions by China’s Defence Minister Gen Liang Guanglie that regional conflicts cannot be ruled out even though a war involving whole of China appeared remote at present.
A war “which involves the whole country” is impossible at the moment, but there is a possibility that a mishap or accident might ignite regional conflicts, Gen Liang told the official media.