- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A new recruitment video released by the Chinese military is geared toward overhauling the image of one of the largest fighting forces in the world for the 21st century.

Beijing is hoping the promotional clip — which is part hip-hop video, part action movie — will draw more of the younger, tech-savvy demographic in China’s society into military service.

Images in the promo video include Chinese fighter pilots flying high-speed attacks in simulated dogfights, and Chinese soldiers emerging from a murky pond with rifles pointed at an unseen enemy. There is even a hostage scenario where a Chinese special forces team frees a young woman held at gunpoint.

The video’s release coincides with recent efforts by the country’s Communist Party leadership to exert more control over the People’s Liberation Army, or PLA.

Beijing controls the world’s biggest army with 2.3 million personnel with a national defense budget of over $146 billion. Only the United States spends more on military and national defense with annual budget of $534 billion.

The video also highlights some of China’s cutting-edge weapon systems including the Liaoning, the country’s first aircraft carrier, and the China’s latest nuclear weapon, the DF-11 ballistic missile.

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