Air defense education bulletin boards are being put up in cities like Beijing, while the CCP supreme leader is urging pilot training to increase their fighting capability.
The bulletin board shows the public the basics about air defense and how to enter nearby shelters after air strikes.
But the netizens did not buy it, saying that it was just propaganda to scare people and stir up the anti-America sentiment. “The communist knows that the (Chinese) army is too weak to go to war with the US. So this is all fake. ” said a Beijing resident.
A notice sent on July 24 in a residential community of Chongqing asking the military families to register, a rare move that only occurred in Mao’s era at the height of the tension with the former Soviet Union. Some coastal cities also go the similar notices.
Optimization urged in training for military pilots
President Xi Jinping urged on Thursday optimizing training for future Chinese military pilots to increase their fighting capability in modern aerial warfare.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, stressed further reform and innovation as well as continuous efforts to improve teaching.
He specified the requirements during a visit to the Aviation University of the Air Force in Changchun, Jilin province, ahead of China’s Army Day on Aug 1. The university traces its roots to 1946 and the first aviation school of the People’s Liberation Army. Xi urged the students to honor the school’s illustrious history and traditions.
On the training field, Xi inspected the pilots during cardio and anti-vertigo training. He asked the trainees to work hard and smart, and contribute to China’s military development.
Xi also inspected a drone lab, where he said unmanned warfare is profoundly changing the character of war. The university should strengthen research into unmanned warfare and real combat training, enhance the development of drone studies and train more talent in the command and control of unmanned aircraft, he said.
After hearing reports on the university, Xi said the strategy of using talent to strengthen the army must be implemented in every part of the military education process. Pilot training should also be optimized to meet the profession’s needs, thereby increasing training efficiency, he said.
Military pilot instruction and exercises should focus on real combat, and should keep up with the demands and doctrines of modern warfare, Xi said. This includes more specialized professions, supporting teaching staff, creating new training models and other means to comprehensively enhance outcomes.
Research into frontier sciences, nurturing new talent and honing new, high-quality fighting capabilities are also key items for reform of the PLA Air Force, he added.
On behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission, Xi also extended Army Day greetings to the personnel of the People’s Liberation Army, the People’s Armed Police Force, the militia and the reserve force.