The role of the PLA in the new era

As part of China's National Day celebrations on October 1, a grand military parade was held in Beijing to showcase the country's achievements in building a modern and strong national defense and armed forces over the past decades since the founding of the People's Republic of China. While many are impressed by China's advanced defense capabilities, some still revert to the cliché that China is a security threat. So what is China's military role in global affairs? 

According to Senior Colonel Zhou Bo from China's Ministry of National Defense, the role of the PLA is not just limited to defending territories. "It's not only territorial defense you got to do, you have two things more, one is the ever-growing national interests overseas and accompanying national responsibilities."

The successful Libya and Yemen evacuations are good examples of the PLA's growing roles. "Chinese ships patrolling the Gulf of Aden are close by, so that makes it much easier than before [for us] to come to the rescue of all these Chinese citizens trapped in Libya and Yemen. That's why the base in Djibouti is important, because it allows our ships to anchor. It also gives our peacekeeping troops a good place to come and rest."......................


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