China’s marine corps will have more training in joint operations to bolster combat strength as the country’s security risks increase at home and abroad, according to military analysts.
The assessment came after Chinese President Xi Jinping told troops in the southern city of Chaozhou on Tuesday that the corps needed to strengthen its goals to fit in with the People’s Liberation Army’s modernisation drive.
“The marines should come up with road maps with the goals, direction, path and focus of team building,” Xi told senior officers.
Military observers said Xi’s remarks indicated that he was not happy with the progress of the amphibious wing of the armed forces.
Under Beijing’s plans, the marines would be at the forefront of any plans to “reunify Taiwan with the mainland” by force.