On Sept 3, China held a massive military parade to
mark the 70th anniversary of its victory in the Chinese People’s War of
Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War.
Long before the parade took place, some Western countries accused China
of flexing its military muscles by holding the parade, which “underlines
a so-called ‘China Threat’ theory hyped up by some Western media
outlets”, Xinhua commented. However, an announcement made by President
Xi Jinping before the parade surprised the world and proved the
accusation groundless, Xinhua pointed out.
President Xi said that China will cut its troops by 300,000 to 2 million
by the end of 2017. This will be the military’s fourth major reduction
since 1985. 習近平宣布中國將裁軍30萬，至2017年中國軍隊總員額裁至2百萬。這是1985年來中國第四次大規模的裁軍。 Xi’s
announcement “fully demonstrates China’s sincerity and hope in jointly
championing peace, seeking development and enjoying prosperity with
various countries in the world”, said Ministry of National Defense
spokesman Yang Yujun. The decision also demonstrates the country’s
“proactive, responsible attitude toward advancing international arms
control and disarmament”, the spokesman added.
“The reductions also show that the Chinese government is not chanting
empty slogans when it says that Thursday’s commemoration activities are
aimed partly at cherishing peace and opening up the future,” Xinhua said
in a commentary. “裁軍表明中國政府在周四的紀念活動上所說的并非空喊口號，而是珍惜和平、面向未來的表現，”新華社評論寫道。
The cuts will mainly target “troops equipped with outdated armaments,
administrative staff and noncombatant personnel”, said Yang Yujun. And
the changes will help build a modernized Chinese military, with a
Some foreign media interpreted the cuts as a financial and technological
move. “Rising personnel costs and growing technological capabilities
reduce the need for large numbers of troops,” The Associated Press said.