The Chinese Army has expressed the need for better integration of its strategic forces and to be fully prepared to face new forms of conflict, as they believe that repression and containment by Western nations against Beijing could escalate at any time.
General Wang Haijiang, commander of the Western Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, has stated that after the crisis in Ukraine, a new form of “hybrid warfare” has emerged in which military warfare is intertwined with political, financial, technological, cyber, and cognitive warfare. Against this backdrop, the general argues that China is in a period of strategic opportunities, risks, and challenges where uncertainties and unpredictable factors are on the rise.
In an article published in the official newspaper Study Times, entitled “Relying on the National Integrated Strategic System and Improving the Level of Readiness in the War Zone,” General Wang stresses the importance of following the comprehensive concept of national security and relying on an integrated national strategic system and strategic capabilities to improve the response to strategic risks.
The Chinese military officer emphasizes that external repression and containment against China can intensify at any time, so he considers it crucial to consolidate and perfect the National Integrated Strategic System and national strategic capabilities to maximize the integration of strategic forces, resources, and means in various fields. In addition, it points out the importance of cooperating closely with both military and non-military means.
In summary, the Chinese Army recognizes the need to adapt to new forms of conflict and strengthen its strategic preparedness to meet current and future challenges amid increasing repression and containment by Western nations against China.
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