The Chinese Communist Party has always threatened to use force to reunify Taiwan. Along with rumors about military equipment moving near the Taiwan Strait, information about military enlistment with reward for graduates in Gansu has attracted public attention.
Students who enlist in the army after graduation will be rewarded with 10,000 yuan
The Paper reported that the Gansu Provincial Government Office recently issued the “Measures and policies to encourage Gansu university students to enlist in the army.” Gansu implement a one-time bonus provision for university students who join the army. That includes high school graduates who have been in the army for over half a year. Graduates from university and above will be rewarded 10,000 yuan (about $1,400). Graduates from professional intermediate schools will get 7,000 yuan (about $970). While the amount for undergraduate students (including new students) is 7000 yuan (about $970), and students studying in professional intermediate schools is 5,000 yuan (about $700).
The announcement also said that discharged university graduates who served in the army for 5 years in Gansu province will receive 10% to 15% priority for positions in the local civil service recruitment plan. The province’s plan to recruit full-time officers allocates 40% of the quota to recruit university graduates from Gansu province.
The measures also say the province will allocate at least 5% of the total number of vacancies held by state-owned enterprises annually to the Gansu graduates.
In addition, university students starting a business after graduation enjoy tax incentives and administrative exemptions for three years. Entrepreneurs who meet the support conditions can apply to the local Social Security Bureau for a loan guarantee of no more than 200,000 yuan (about $28,000). The longest loan term is 3 years. Eligible micro and small businesses can apply for a guaranteed start-up loan of no more than 3 million yuan (about $418,000), with a maximum term of no more than 2 years.
After the news was released, there were heated discussions. The Vision Time newspaper relayed comments by netizens saying that university and professional intermediate students should be treated the same since both groups are being conscripted.
The Chinese government has called for large-scale military enlistment
In fact, the official Chinese state-run media People’s Daily announced at the beginning of August about the the nationwide call for enlistment in the second half of 2022.
Later, China’s provinces enthusiastically followed suit. Officials in Zhejiang province announced that more than 110,000 candidates had been recruited in the second half of this year. Jilin Province also said that over 20,000 young men of military age have been recruited. Graduates of universities in Qingdao City, Shandong Province account for more than 90% of applicants. Chengde City, Hebei Province has introduced a number of reward policies to mobilize local youth to join the army.
Jiangsu Province has also stepped up efforts to spread the news about enlistment. Colleges and universities are doing “one-on-one” precision propaganda to increase the number of graduates serving in the military.
In the face of this series of actions, the majority of people believe that it is to find a breakthrough for China’s unemployment rate.
China’s unemployment rate hits new low since 2018
According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics of China on July 15, the unemployment rate in China’s urban survey in June was 5.5%—16- to 24-year-olds made up 19.3%. That means 1 in 5 young people is unemployed. This is the highest number since the indicator was published in January 2018.
The 36 Kr newspaper also reported in July that since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past three years, a large number of jobs in the tourism industry have been lost. The National Chamber of Commerce of the Tourism Industry of China and other organizations indicate that people working in tourism currently account for only 13.8%, and the unemployment rate is as high as 68.1%. More than 60% of workers have been unemployed for more than a year.
According to an estimate by Lu Feng, a professor at the National Development School of Beijing University, about 20% of jobs are created by businesses and organizations this year, Vision Times reported.
Zheng Yuhuang, a professor at Tsinghua University, said in a video that in the first half of this year, under the siege of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Chinese enterprises had to close. According to statistics, by the end of June, a total of 460,000 businesses in China have closed, 3.1 million industrial households and commercial individuals closed. In April, company liquidations increased by more than 23% year-on-year. With so many businesses closed, the employment situation is not very optimistic.
Insider: Young Chinese don’t want to join the army since they consider their rights
Chen Weijian, editor-in-chief of Beijing Spring, pointed out in an interview with The Epoch Times in August that young Chinese don’t blindly choose to enlist in the army anymore. They will consider their own interests above all else. Most of the enlisted come from poor families. Now there are a lot of Chinese families with only one child, and they will not choose to join the army.
Li Yuanhua, a former associate professor at Capital Normal University, pointed out that the Chinese regime’s active enlistment call is also an attempt to ease unemployment pressure in China. Because there are more than 10 million graduates in this year’s university graduation, the CCP is under a lot of pressure, and it can also take the opportunity to improve the military quality.