by WorldTribune Staff, August 12, 2018
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) released a new propaganda video this month which shows off China’s latest weaponry and includes some provocative rhetoric.
At one point in the 2:20-minute video titled “I am a Chinese Soldier”, the narrator says “peace behind me, war in front of me.”
The PLA’s propaganda video “is brimful with the grandiosity that is now associated with the military under Xi Jinping: a lot of ammunition is fired, and the very latest in China’s military technology – combat aircraft, a carrier battle group, long-range ballistic missiles, submarines and armored vehicles – is on full, proud, active display,” The National Interest noted in an Aug. 8 report.
In March, China announced its largest increase in defense spending in three years. The 2018 defense budget will be 1.11 trillion yuan ($162 billion), according to a report issued at the opening of China’s annual meeting of parliament.
China continues to develop new military capabilities, including stealth fighters, aircraft carriers and anti-satellite missiles as well as next-generation weapons such as hypersonic missiles and electromagnetic railguns.
The video’s narration (translated from Chinese):
Who am I?
I am the one the mother cannot reach at the door.
I am the wife who is reluctant to hang up the phone.
I am a stranger who dares not approach in the eyes of my son.
I am the concern and pride of my loved ones.
Peace behind me, war in front of me.
Pick up the steel gun, we must let go of the children.
Put on the military uniform, we must give up comfort and ease.
Fighting the battlefield, the character of the man.
From the military to the country, there is no regret in this life.
I am a Chinese soldier.
I am a soldier of the people.
I am the guardian of a good life.
View the video here