China’s Military Machine Launches Website

The Times Online reports that the Chinese Ministry of National Defence have launched their first website, in both Chinese and English:

A analyst, Song Xiaojun, says the site will offer more detail on that spending and on general defence policy.

“The Defence Ministry is a special organisation. In principle it should be in the system of the State Council,” said Song, referring to China’s cabinet. “In fact, it is more like a window of the army toward the outside world. The current chinamil site is mainly about life in the army. It doesn’t have much on the policy level.”… In keeping with Beijing’s desire to control all information–both internal and international–about the image of the Communist Party, the new military web site already presents one face in Chinese and another one in English.

Chinese site headlines are uniformly mundane, such as “Jiaoliu Train Line Derailed, Soldiers Perform Urgent Rescue,” whereas the site’s English avatar features items such as “U.S. May OK High-tech Exports to China.”

A military analyst, Song Xiaojun, says the site will offer more detail on that spending and on general defence policy.
“The Defence Ministry is a special organisation. In principle it should be in the system of the State Council,” said Song, referring to China’s cabinet. “In fact, it is more like a window of the army toward the outside world. The current chinamil site is mainly about life in the army. It doesn’t have much on the policy level.”… In keeping with Beijing’s desire to control all information–both internal and international–about the image of the Communist Party, the new military web site already presents one face in Chinese and another one in English.
Chinese site headlines are uniformly mundane, such as “Jiaoliu Train Line Derailed, Soldiers Perform Urgent Rescue,” whereas the site’s English avatar features items such as “U.S. May OK High-tech Exports to China

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