BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- The 83rd anniversary celebrations of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on August 1 was a timely reminder of the great contribution the armed forces have made to the nation's development.
It also highlights the importance of keeping a contingent of modern armed forces to defend our land and people.
At this very moment, tens of thousands of servicemen are joining hands with civilians in flood-ridden areas across the country to save lives and property. In the face of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, the servicemen are always at the frontline of disaster relief.
Widely regarded as the great wall of iron and steel, the PLA has been a reliable force ever since its founding in 1927. It is always ready to safeguard the sovereignty of the nation.
The Chinese army has also actively fulfilled international responsibilities and obligations by participating in UN peacekeeping operations and humanitarian aid missions in Africa. The navy has dispatched six flotillas of warships to conduct escort missions in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden.
To better accomplish its mission, the PLA will continue to strengthen its capability to complete diversified military tasks. Given its long coastline and precarious peripheral security outlook, China is also justified in building a stronger navy.
China's drive toward peaceful military modernization is in compliance with the changing security situation around the world today. It will enable the country to shoulder greater responsibilities in safeguarding both regional as well as global peace and stability.
The country has always adhered to a defensive policy, and its military build-up does not pose any threat to others.
China's military spending has merely accounted for 1.4 percent of its GDP per annum in recent years even as other major powers spend 2-4 percent of their GDPs on military expansion. Therefore, worry or skepticism over China's armed forces modernization is totally unnecessary and ill grounded.