A key conclave of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded with a statement that China would not let external pressures sway it from becoming a great power.
China aims to build a fully modern military, by the year 2027, which will mark the centennial of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA); state-run Global Times quoted Chinese analysts as saying on Saturday.
A motive that is analogous to the national strength, it also set a new goal to build a fully modern military on par with the US by 2027, media reports said.
The two blueprints discussed during the meeting were the 14th five-year plan and the development goals for 2035. The four-day plenum of the ruling CPC headed by President Xi Jinping, concluded with a televised ceremony at which the 360-plus attendees did not wear masks – a sign of confidence that the country has tamed Covid-19.
The communique issued after the ceremony said that China must seize the opportunity presented by the current global upheaval, to be in the front row of great powers. Also the meeting adopted his proposals for the formulation of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035.
Sunfei Wu, deputy head of Hong Kong think tank Tianda Institute said this is the first time the Chinese leaders have included the military in such development goals, he said the goal was primarily targeted at Taiwan.
“Basically, the target is to build PLA’s capability to match the US army by 2027, so It can effectively deter interference by the US army around the Taiwan Strait.”
The plenum also acknowledged growing international uncertainty but it said China has entered into a period of “strategic opportunity” for its development.
While the 14th Five-Year plan apprehends massive refurbishment of the country’s domestic market to boost consumption, in order to reduce China’s reliance on shrinking exports markets, the Vision 2035 visualizes a long-term plan, reflecting the ‘revolutionary’ vision of Xi, including the military.
Politically, Xi’s Vision 2035 plan sparked speculation that he could continue in power for the next 15 years. Xi, 67, has emerged as the CPC’s most powerful leader after the demise of its founder Mao Zedong.
It added, China aims at becoming a “great nation” by 2035 on multiple fronts including technology, manufacturing quality, internet, digital technology, transportation, sports, health, culture and education.