Lest most forumites are too distracted by trivial events, it should be pointed out that the new Chinese paramount leader, Xi Jinping, inspected the Guangzhou military base and used that occasion to show his concern for the living conditions and food of the rank and file sailors and soldiers by going to their mess hall, and helping serve himself a sample of their regular meal. This is very impressive when you see him do it naturally without any pretense whatsoever.|
He also emphasized that the key to a strong military force is absolute discipline in following rules. This cannot be overemphasized. An army is only as good as its discipline, period. With discipline, the whole is ten times greater than the sum of its parts. Without discipline, the whole is less than one-tenth of the sum of its parts. Discipline and therefore eradication of corruption and abuse of power are what won their battles leading to 1949. A disciplined army is kind to the people, while a corrupt or undisciplined one invariably treats the people rudely and abusively. Abuse of power is the best evidence of lack of discipline.
Then, he outlined how the army should be tasked (http://news.qq.com/a/20121213/000055.htm):
President Xi Jinping knows how to lead by his personal example, by his words, and by his ideas. China will doubtlessly become the world's biggest economy and strongest power during his tenure. He combined the best qualities of China's many leaders, and yet, we know from his innate humility, China will never be a bully nor seek hegemony, regardless of what her detractors are now saying. China's detractors, like Vietnam, Japan and the Philippines, are the real bullies, and they are afraid of China because their bullying has no effect on China, and will have no effect on China under the capable leadership of Xi and the rest of the standing committee members.