Dear MEL School’s Topic Readers,
China to cut troops by 300,000: President Xi
On September 3rd 2015, China commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. They showed off its muscles more clearly than ever at the V-Day military parade with 12,000 troops in 50 formations, not to mention their latest weapons and vehicles on the ground and in the air.
President Xi Jinping, also the top of the People’s Liberation Army (P.L.A.), not only demonstrated China’s military might to the world but also pleaded commitment to peace saying, “China will never seek hegemony or expansion.”
He also announced to reduce it troops by 300,000 from the 2.2-million-strong armed forces to modernize the military, shifting resources from land to sea, air and presumably cyber and outer space.
The question is why one needs to have such a military show-off to commit peace.
Enjoy reading what now-the-most-influential leader said to his people and the world.