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Sights on Taiwan? Xi approves ‘military operations other than war’

Xi Jinping, in his capacity as Chairman of the Central Military Commission, has approved a series of new plans that will allow China’s armed forces to conduct military operations abroad in the future. However, only under the condition that they are “military operations other than war”. Military operations other than war (MOOTW) are missions abroad such as disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, or even peacekeeping operations. “Organizing and conducting military non-war operations are of great importance to effectively fulfill the military’s missions and tasks in the new era,” the People’s Daily reports, summing up: With this step, Xi Jinping is consistently implementing his own thoughts on strengthening the military.

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