China is trying to step its game in the military arena as tensions with other countries, particularly in the South China Sea, continue to rise. President Xi Jinping has instructed the military to ramp up its capabilities while carrier-killer missiles are reportedly in tow.
China’s Xi Jinping wants its military to deal with more complicated security challenges. But while China’s growing stature, economical and territorial ambitions have pushed its military image across the globe, this also drew opposition in the process.
Xi emphasized that if the military will do nothing to address its weaknesses and improve capabilities then it would be impossible to manage growing national security risks related to the rising economic position of the nation.
“There is still a big gap between the modernization of our army and the demands of national security. The gap between our army and other advanced militaries in the world is still very large,” South China Morning Post quoted an article from PLA Daily about Xi’s plans.