Militia of China
中国民兵
Zhōngguó Mínbīng
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Emblem of the Militia
Founded1927; 95 years ago (1927)
Country China
Allegiance Chinese Communist Party[1]
BranchGround militia
Maritime militia[2]
TypeMilitia
Military reserve force
Role
  • Preparations against war
  • Defense operations
  • Assistance in maintaining public order
Size8,000,000[3]
Part ofCentral Military Commission[4]
March民兵进行曲
(English: "March of the Militia")
Engagements
Commanders
Chairman of the Central Military CommissionXi Jinping
Director of the National Defense Mobilization CommissionLi Keqiang
Minister of National DefenceGeneral Wei Fenghe
Director of the CMC National Defense Mobilization DepartmentLieutenant General Sheng Bin

The Militia (Chinese: 民兵; pinyin: Mínbīng)[4] or Militia of China (Chinese: 中国民兵; pinyin: Zhōngguó Mínbīng) is the militia part of the armed forces of China, other two parts being the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the People's Armed Police (PAP).[4] The Militia is under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)[1] and serves as an auxiliary and reserve force for the PLA.[5] It is one of the largest militias in the world.

History

See also: History of the Communist Party of China

The role of the militia has varied over the years. During the 1940s the militia served as a support force for PLA. After 1949 the party consolidated control over the country and used the militia to maintain Law and order in the country and for defense of the borders and coast.

In the mid-1950s, Peng Dehuai attempted to build the militia as a reserve force. His efforts were thwarted when the party expanded the militia, assigning it duties as an internal security force during the Great Leap Forward. Lin Biao reduced the size of the militia and reemphasized military training in the early 1960s.

The militia was fragmented during the early years of the Cultural Revolution, but in the 1970s it was rebuilt to support the PLA. The Gang of Four also attempted to build up the urban militia as an alternative to the PLA, but the urban militia failed to support the Gang of Four, when Hua Guofeng and other moderate military leaders deposed them.

The militia's logistical support of the PLA was essential during the Sino-Vietnamese War. In the 1980s, Chinese leaders improved the militia's capabilities by reducing its size and economic works.

Roles and tasks

According to Article 22 of the Law of the People's Republic of China on National Defence, the Militia, under the command of military organs, shoulders the tasks of preparations against war and defence operations, and assists in maintaining public order.[4]

According to Article 36 of the Military Service Law of the People's Republic of China, the Militia's tasks are:[5]

  1. take an active part in the socialist modernization drive and be exemplary in completing the tasks in production and other fields;
  2. undertake the duties related to preparations against war, defend the frontiers and maintain public order; and
  3. be always ready to join the armed forces to take part in war, resist aggression and defend the motherland.

The militia is organized into regional militia corps in every theater command of the PLA, which in turn oversee militia divisions and subordinate formations, and is subdivided into specialty militia units. It is overseen by the National Defense Mobilization Commission, which can order the deployment of its personnel during peacetime and wartime contingencies as may be ordered by the President of the PRC, who, as General Secretary of the Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, is overall supreme commander of the armed services of the Republic.

Maritime Militia

Main article: People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia

China Maritime Militia (CMM) is a subset of China's national militia. The CMM trains with and supports the People's Liberation Army Navy and the China Coast Guard in tasks including[2]

In the South China Sea, the CMM plays a major role in controversial maritime activities to achieve China's political goals.[2]

Maritime Militia funding and associated paramilitary training led to a reversal of the downward trend of the Chinese commercial fishing fleet. This Maritime Militia fueled expansion has led to an increase in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Regulation on Militia Work (2011 Revision), Article 2: "The militia is an armed organization composed of the people not released from their regular work under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), is a part of the armed forces of the People's Republic of China and is an assistant and reserve force for the Chinese People's Liberation Army."
  2. ^ a b c d Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2017 by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, United States Department of Defense
  3. ^ Xu (徐), Ping (平) (19 October 2018). 民兵到底穿什么服装?这里面的讲究还真不少. 81.cn (in Chinese (China)). PLA Daily.
  4. ^ a b c d Law of the People's Republic of China on National Defence, Article 22: "The armed forces of the People’s Republic of China are composed of the active and reserve forces of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the Chinese People's Armed Police Force and the Militia. ... The Militia, under the command of military organs, shoulders the tasks of preparations against war and defence operations and assists in maintaining public order."
  5. ^ a b Military Service Law of the People's Republic of China, Chapter VI The Militia, Article 36: "The militia is an armed organization of the masses not divorced from production and is an assisting and reserve force for the Chinese People's Liberation Army. The tasks of the militia are: ..."
  6. ^ Kraska, James. "China's Maritime Militia Vessels May Be Military Objectives During Armed Conflict". thediplomat.com. The Diplomat. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
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