Kill! Kill! Kill! How China Recruits For It’s Massive Army

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China ‘s military came out with a new recruiting video, though it isn’t what some you may envision. The People’s Liberation Army, the world’s largest military force, with a strength of approximately 2,285,000 personnel, or 0.18% of China ‘s population, released an online recruiting video. However, it was anything but an average, army stock video. It was a statement to the world. It’s intent was to demonstrate China ‘s militant yet “cultured uniqueness” as it sets off to dominates the world. In other words: a “culturally unique” rap video.

China is here to kick ass and chew bubble gum and they are all out of bubblegum. 

China 's PLA Released A Culturally Unique Rap Recruiting Video
China ‘s PLA Released A Culturally Unique Rap Recruiting Video

Here is Quartz‘ translation of the clip, which begins with a narrator voiceover of a soldier getting dressed.

There is always a mission on your mind.

There is always an enemy in your view

There is always responsibility on your shoulders

There is always passion in your heart

War could erupt any time

Are you ready?

The chorus opens with a reference to what else: getting shot. It is a rap video after all and you know how someone always gets shot around rap videos.

Even if a bullet passes through my chest
My mission remains carved in my heart
Brothers, let’s follow this path
[Roar! Roar! Roar! Roar!]
Roar with animal spirit
Look to the bravest general of them all
Walk from here toward the site of combat

Even if a bullet passes through my chest
My mission remains carved in my heart
From the center to the borders
Let’s go to war, let’s fight to win
When we follow the commands of the party
The country honors our guardianship
The rising head of a loyal patriot
If I don’t bear the burden, who else will?

And then a gentle invocation to take out China’s enemies ruthlessly, mercilessly and with the following refrain: “Kill! Kill! Kill!”

China 's PLA Rap Video  Is Meant To Tell The World China Is Here To Kick Ass and Chew Bubble Gum
China ‘s PLA Rap Video Is Meant To Tell The World China Is Here To Kick Ass and Chew Bubble Gum

This is not China’s first attempt a “motivational rapping.” Last December, China’s CCTV released an animated rap clip describing the virtues of president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign. Then, a few weeks ago, China’s public security ministry released more videos warning citizens about the dangers of spies—in this case US superheroes.

A PLA spokesman said that the video marks an attempt to attract younger recruits, and also dismiss any notions that the army doesn’t stack up against other countries in technological prowess. The PLA is estimated to have over 2 million personnel and has difficulty recruiting and retaining top talent due to low pay. Supposedly the thinking here is that if you like rap, and want to play with the fun toys the military possesses, forget about the low pay and enlist.

It is clear that the PLA clearly spares no penny on video post-editing. However, the PLA offers some of the lowest salaries of any armed forces in the world. A 30-year career colonel in the US army makes a monthly salary of about $10,000, while their Chinese counterpart makes between 8,000 and 9,000 yuan (between $1,236 and $1,390).

Once Chinese corporations have no choice but to lay off millions of workers as China’s inevitable financial collapse occurs and the long overdue hard landing arrives. Beijing it may ultimately be a win-win situation: an economy in shambles but tens of millions of virtually of free soldiers, just itching to fire a gun. At a time when China might want to collect on the debt it is owed by the United States.

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