A key Communist Party policy meeting concluded on Thursday with a statement that China would not let external pressures sway it from becoming a great power. It also set a new goal to turn the People‘s Liberation Army (PLA) into a modern military force by 2027, by which time, analysts say, China aims to build an army on par with that of the US. The four-day plenum at Beijing’s Jingxi Hotel concluded with a televised ceremony at which the 360-plus attendees did not wear masks – a sign of confidence that the country has tamed Covid-19. The communique issued after the ceremony said China must seize the opportunity presented by the current global upheaval to be in the front row of great powers.
Oct 30, 2020