IN a bid to appeal to the younger generation, China’s army has released an edgy recruitment video to showcase an awe-inspiring display of its military capabilities.
Flexing its muscles, China features an array of aircraft carriers, helicopters, tanks and special forces troops in the video, which is set to a rousing rap-rock soundtrack.
The video appears to be aimed at millennials brought up on first-person shooter computer games such as “Call of Duty” and “Battlefield”. The soundtrack also used lyrics slated to rile up viewers, with loud chants of “just waiting for the order to kill, kill, kill”.
While no potential opponents are identified in the video, it cautions that “war can break out at any time,” and asks viewers: “Are you ready?”
The video appears as the 2.3 million-strong People’s Liberation Army is downsizing in an effort to boost its war-fighting capabilities. Chief among those steps is cutting out 300,000 personnel, whereas the navy, missile corps and air force are receiving more attention and funding.
The video also emerged while tensions are flaring over China’s claim on disputed territories in the South China Sea with South East Asian countries.
It was reported late last month that China is expected to begin reclamation works at the Scarborough Shoal in disputed waters later this year.
Late last week, the Chinese government turned down a U.S. aircraft carrier’s request to dock in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, China’s military has also sent a singer famous for her patriotic anthems to perform before navy officers and construction workers on a newly created island in a disputed section of the sea.
The visit earlier this week by Song Zuying and other performers was documented in photos spread across state media on Wednesday , offering a rare glimpse into the extensive work China has been carrying out on the former coral reefs, including lighthouses, harbors and buildings.
Several of the photos were accompanied by captions saying they were taken Tuesday on the Cuarteron Reef, which has also been claimed by the Philippines.
In the background, one of the navy’s massive Type 071 amphibious dock ships can be seen – capable of carrying four helicopters and as many as 800 troops.
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Additional reporting by Associated Press