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PLA Training Plan for 2020

Published Jan 29, 2020
Updated Feb 26, 2020

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Training plan for 2020 will be based on the instructions issued by President and Chairman of the CMC Xi Jinping.

President Xi Jinping signed a mobilization order for the training of the armed forces, the first order of the Central Military Commission (CMC) in 2020 on 02 January.

In line with the order, China Military Online outlined the training activities conducted by the PLA during January 2019.

The order stressed strengthening military training in real combat conditions.

It also asked the armed forces to maintain a high level of readiness and step up emergency and combat training.

The order required strengthened joint command in training. It also stressed integrating new forces into the joint operations system.

Force-on-force training should also be strengthened and the evaluation system should be improved, according to the order.
The commission’s first order for 2020 listed priorities in the training of the People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police Force.

The order requested the armed forces to stick to Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as their guiding principle and uphold Xi Jinping Thought on Strengthening the Military, as well as military strategies in the new era.

The military must enhance its troops’ combat preparedness, closely observe adversaries’ moves, exert ¬all-out efforts to improve training and remain on high alert to ensure it is always ready for, and can win in, any possible war, the order said.

Training must be focused on elements leading to victory, and thorough research must be done on operational goals, enemies and the combat environment, it said.

The order required that units must concentrate on their missions and give more attention to emergency-response capabilities. They must also strive to foster the abilities to construct a favorable situation on the front line, control possible crises, and contain or win in a war.

Training and exercises for joint operations must be priorities, it requested, adding that the military must strengthen the participation of civilians and new types of forces in systemic training.

Troops must inject more scientific and technological factors into training and carry out more mobilization drills, according to the document.

More exercises will be organized to examine and test units’ command, planning, fighting and logistical capabilities.

The order also stipulated that officers and soldiers must follow training guidelines while the authorities must conduct strict evaluation and supervision of training and also arrange skills contests.

2020 is the third consecutive year that Xi has issued a training order to the Chinese military.

The first such order was issued in January 2018 when the president oversaw and addressed a massive training-commencement ceremony at a shooting range in northern China.

Xi has repeatedly stressed the importance of combat-readiness training and joint operation to the armed forces since he became the commander-in-chief.

In line with the directions, Armed Police Force in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province conduct anti-terrorism training ahead of the New Year.

Military forces across China welcomed the new year of 2020 by conducting training for real combat scenarios.

PLA garrison in Hong Kong posted a video of the troop’s new year training on its official Sina Weibo account. The 1.5-minute video shows the troop’s training courses in shooting, flying and other military strategies.

In a coastal region of southeastern China, a brigade under the 73rd group army conducted its first flight training. The troop practiced several military strategies, including sea-skimming flying, reconnoitering on sea and attacking on sea, the People’s Daily reported.

A brigade of 83rd group army based in central China marched to a special area to conduct their training. Officers and soldiers from the brigade believe if military preparations for battle are not practical, the troop’s combat capability will not be effective.

In Northeast China’s Changbai Mountains, officers and soldiers from the Armed Police Force in Jilin Province took a course on shooting and surviving in forests with temperatures of -30° C.

Meanwhile thousands of new recruits received training on a snowy plateau in Northwest China’s Gansu province.

In the early morning of Dec 22, a rushed sound of an emergency muster broke the tranquility at the third regiment camp for recruits of the Armed Police Force’s Gansu Provincial Corps on an altitude of over 3,000 meters above sea level.

More than 2,000 new conscripts, mostly born after the year 2000, quickly assembled after hearing orders, and field training started under the extreme cold of -23 C.

The training covers tactics, commands and coordination practice, including basic tactical movements, formation changes and armed assaults.