Friday, May 18, 2012

Liberators no more

If it is confirmed, it is good news.
The China Defence Blog announced a historic change in China.
It pointed to the missing 'Liberation' in the new appellation of the Chinese Army, Air Force and Navy.
The blog affirmed that without fanfare, the PLA quietly dropped the 'People' off its name.
The PLAN Special Force is now, the Special Force of China Navy.
PLAAF is now China Air Force
PLA Army Aviation is now China Army Aviation.
The PLAN is now China Navy

The blog quotes the MOD's own website, PLAN is now "CN".
Ships will all be CNS "name"

Chinese military vessel Zhenghe makes first visit to Thailand.

BANGKOK, Nov. 10 (Xinhua)
Chinese navy ship (CNS) Zhenghe entered the Bangkok Port on Monday morning, starting its four-day official visit to the capital of Thailand.
While docking here, this ocean-going training vessel with 411 crew members will be open for the public on Nov. 11 and 12. Its staff will hold volleyball and push-and-pull matches with the Thai navy troops based at Bangkok, said Captain of the ship Fan Kuiju.

This could have serious strategic implications. 
Can Beijing now 'liberate' a few islands in the South China Sea or the Monpa populations in Tawang area of Arunachal?
If Beijing does not speak in terms of 'liberation' any more, how will any military adventure in the Himalayas be ideologically considered ? 
An invasion?
What about retrospectively?
If Tibet was not 'liberated' when the Second Field Army of Marshal Lui Bosheng entered Chamdo in October 1950, what was it? 
What about the "Agreement on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet", known as the 17-point Agreement forced on weak Tibetan delegates on May 23, 1951. 
Will the People's Republic of China simply become the Republic of China?
These are important questions to ponder.

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