Raising Political Awareness in the Military
Political awareness has been a part of the DNA of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) ever since its founding. A most prominent characteristic, it also reflects the greatest strength of the PLA.
The vital importance accorded to political awareness informs the philosophy and political thinking that guides all aspects of the armed forces and their activities, and ensures the correct choice of path and the CPC's absolute leadership. At a meeting on this subject held in October 2014, Xi Jinping emphasized the need to heighten political awareness among military personnel in response to new realities. Efforts to this end include promoting the ideals, values and principles of the Party, establishing new political standards for military personnel, and fostering a culture that values political ethics.