New Chinese Leader Meets Military Nuclear Officers

2012 – 2020: Xi Jinping & Chinese nuclear forces

December 5, 2012

BEIJING — The new Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, met Wednesday with officers of the military unit that oversees the land-based ballistic and cruise missiles of China’s nuclear force, the state-run news agency Xinhua said, in the latest indication that Mr. Xi is moving quickly to solidify his control of the armed forces.
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In his third public event with the military since taking office last month, Mr. Xi praised the nuclear unit, the Second Artillery Corps, as “a strategic pillar of our great power status,” Xinhua reported, a pointed reference to the military’s role in elevating China to a greater role in global affairs.

“The Second Artillery Corps is the core force of our country’s strategic deterrent, it is a strategic pillar of our great power status, and an important bedrock for protecting our national security,” Mr. Xi said.

Mr. Xi took over as civilian chairman of the military from President Hu Jintao at the Communist Party Congress, the first Chinese leader since 1976 to assume the positions as head of the party and head of the military at the same time.

Mr. Xi now runs the military from his position as head of the 12-member Central Military Commission, and he was accompanied at the meeting in Beijing on Wednesday by the uniformed members of the commission, according to Xinhua.

In his remarks to the Second Artillery Corps officers, Mr. Xi reminded them that they must be totally loyal to the Communist Party, and that the military had to “put an end” to corruption. A senior army officer, Gu Junshan, was arrested this year on suspicion of corruption and is expected to go on trial next year.

The case has been mentioned by military experts as an indication of an early effort by Mr. Xi to curb excesses of illicit land deals and other corrupt practices in the military.

Mr. Xi’s father was a revered general in the revolutionary forces that brought the Communist Party to power. As he cultivates his own close relations with the fast modernizing Chinese Army, he appears to be paying particular attention to the nuclear command.

Mr. Xi promoted the commander of the Second Artillery Corps, Wei Fenghe, to full general last month. General Wei was the first high-level officer to receive a promotion from Mr. Xi, who attended the promotion ceremony.

习近平会见二炮党代表强调”战略威慑”意义重大

  人民网12月6日电 据香港《文汇报》报道,中共中央总书记、中央军委主席习近平昨日会见第二炮兵第八次党代表大会代表,并发表了重要讲话。有关专家接受港媒采访时指出,习近平在会见二炮党代会代表时的讲话,有两点值得高度关注:一是中共最高领导人首次在公开场合全面阐述中国战略核力量的任务、地位和使命,凸显出对进一步塑造战略威慑核心能力、铸就“和平之盾”的高度重视;二是体现出新一届军委推动解放军信息化建设加速发展的坚定决心。

  威慑不等于威胁

  曾任中国驻俄罗斯武官的王海运少将表示,战略核威慑是国际政治的术语,习主席讲的威慑不等于威胁,是中国谋求和平的手段,不是战争手段。“冷战时代,美苏多次发生危机并未演变成战争,表明战略威慑是核条件下维护和平的重要手段。目前,美国对中国采取遏制战略,目的是不想让中国挑战其全球战略的主导地位,也是一种威慑。”王海运指出,在十八大报告中有关军事的部分,特别强调了中国军队在2020年基本建成信息化、机械化的战略任务,因此习近平的讲话,不仅是对二炮的要求,亦是对全军各军、兵种的要求,体现出中国新一代领导集体全新的战略思维和国家战略目标选择。

  国防大学教授李大光认为,习近平会见信息化程度较高的战略导弹部队,充分反映出新一届军委对加快军队信息化进程的重视。

  二炮日趋现代化

  另有专家指出,因应信息时代要求,当前世界各国非常重视发展战略武器,提高战略威慑能力。各国核打击力量的装备、部署都是军队的最高机密之一。有46年历史的二炮部队,是解放军各军种中最年轻的部队。中国战略导弹“家族”已由单一型号发展为近、中、远程和洲际导弹多型并存,目前以东风31系列、东风5、东风21战略战术导弹为主体。二炮的现代化武器体系也日趋完善,为今后装备信息化水平提升奠定了坚实基础。

习近平在会见二炮党代会代表 – 2012-12-06 00:55 新华网

习近平会见二炮党代会代表[组图]

12月5日,中共中央总书记、中央军委主席习近平会见了第二炮兵第八次党代表大会代表时强调,要深入学习贯彻党的十八大精神,高举中国特色社会主义伟大旗帜,以邓小平理论、“三个代表”重要思想、科学发展观为指导,坚持国防和军队建设主题主线,加强部队全面建设和军事斗争准备,努力建设一支强大的信息化战略导弹部队。