• China Updates Conscription Law - "Focus On Preparations For War"

    May 4, 2023
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    This week, China unveiled a new military recruitment policy, which includes an update to its conscription law. The updates took effect Monday after the State Council and Central Military Commission approved the changes.

    The goal of the updates is to create a more high-tech and cyberwarfare-capable military that includes highly skilled personnel. The new guidelines specifically state that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) should "focus on preparation for war," and notes that the army needs more soldiers that are savvy with high-tech weaponry.

    The new updates also expand the military's ability to have short-notice enlistments for highly qualified soldiers, along with for personnel that have previously served. The short-notice enlistments would also apply to college students with knowledge of cyberwar and space, according to Zerohedge.

    The amended laws require that "high-quality soldiers" be recruited in a "lawful, precise and efficient manner."

    The new law also states that there is the possibility for wider mobilization of the general population if China goes to war. Women could even be recruited to active service if recruitment numbers require it. Previously demobilized soldiers could also be recalled to return to their original posts and rank, "if they meet the requirements."

    According to the updated published rules, "During wartime, the State Council and the Central Military Commission may adjust the requirements and methods used to enlist citizens to active service."

    According to an Axios report that was released the same week, "A war between the U.S and China over Taiwan would be a nightmare scenario for America's allies in the Pacific, but it's becoming increasingly clear what roles they might play if one breaks out."

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    Jen Snow is a former paralegal turned freelance writer who has a passion for foreign affairs. When not writing, she can be found curled up with her dog and a good book or outside playing in the Florida sun.
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