'China’s state-run People’s Daily published a defense of expansive maritime military plans on Sunday grounded in the need to protect the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) program, which uses infrastructure to grant Beijing a foothold in nearly every region of the world.
The Global Times, an English-language Chinese government newspaper, cites an article by Liu Jixian, former head of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Academy of Military Science in Beijing, in the People’s Daily this weekend unavailable on that newspaper’s English-language site promoting exponential Chinese military expansion.
“It is reasonable and necessary for China to strengthen its maritime power as it is becoming stronger,” Liu and other “experts” reportedly argued, according to government-controlled media.
“With the development of the Belt and Road initiative, massive personnel, resources and property are expanding to other countries and some countries are facing problems like war and terrorism,” Liu reportedly argued, suggesting that China has no choice but to protect its assets in volatile regions.
Asia Times reports that the official Communist Party newspaper printed a two-page spread with the article in its Sunday edition titled “Time Is Ripe for a Maritime Great Power.” The piece uses the OBOR initiative as the crux of the argument for Chinese military colonialism – —wherever China invests in an infrastructure or port project, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) should have a right to protect those assets.
“Building China as a maritime power fits China’s development, the global trend and is the necessary choice for realizing the Chinese Dream of the national rejuvenation,” the People’s Daily argued, according to the limited Global Times translation. The Times then goes on to quote former PLA official Xu Guangyu as confirming that China will build multiple overseas bases around the world.'
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