Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized during an inspection of a base in Shaanxi on Sept. 15 that it is necessary to focus on preparing for war, speed up innovation and development, and comprehensively improve the ability to perform missions and tasks, reported RFI.
This was Xi’s first public inspection of the CCP’s strategic support troops, and the base is almost certainly the military-named Xi’an Satellite Control and Measurement Center, known as the “Experimental Training Base 26 (Unit 63750)”
It is the PLA’s aerospace measurement and control network’s operation, and management center. Its primary responsibility is spacecraft launches, tracking, measurement, data transmission, information processing, and recovery.
The CCP’s Strategic Support Force was established on Jan. 31, 2015. It consists of numerous units that play a vital support role, such as battlefield environmental protection, information protection, and communication, and the testing of new technologies, among other things, according to DW news.
Xi Jinping also said, “Space assets are national strategic assets that must be managed and used well, and more importantly, protected.”
He stressed that it is necessary to innovate measurement and control technologies and methods to ensure accuracy and coordinate the implementation of the national space system operation management and improve management.
According to Li Yanming, a political commentator based in the United States, Beijing is confronting domestic and international difficulties, and high-level infighting has grown to the point where a war may soon break out.
China has developed a conventional missile force that rivals or outperforms the U.S. arsenal in just over two decades. China’s shipyards have produced the world’s largest navy, which now commands the East Asian seas. Beijing now has a fleet of operational ballistic missile submarines from which to fire nuclear-armed missiles, giving it a powerful second-strike capability.
The PLA is also strengthening positions over vast areas of the South China Sea and ratcheting up preparations to retake Taiwan, if necessary, by force, reports Reuters.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is the regular armed forces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the armed wing of the PRC’s founding and ruling political party, the Communist Party of China (CPC). Besides the Central Military Commission (CMC) and several minor units directly under it, the PLA has five major service branches: the Ground Force (PLAGF), Navy (PLAN), Air Force (PLAAF), Rocket Force (PLARF), and the Strategic Support Force (PLASSF).
Most military units around the country are assigned to one of five theater commands by geographical location. The PLA is the world’s largest military force (not including paramilitary or reserve forces) and constitutes the second-largest defense budget globally.
It is also one of the fastest modernizing militaries globally and is considered a potential military superpower, with significant regional defense and rising global power projection capabilities.