China's Battle Declaration: PLA releases first hip-hop recruitment video

The 'masculine' sound track has lines such as "just waiting for the order to kill, kill, kill"

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China has released a rap-style hip-hop music recruitment video in order to attract educated youths to join the world's largest army.

According to a report in the People's Daily, the new recruitment video is the first hip-hop video made by the PLA.

The three-minute video is filled with masculine lyrics and images of advanced weapons and assets including pictures of the J-11 fighter jet, the Liaoning aircraft carrier and a number of spacecraft and satellites. In the sound track one can get to listen lines such as "just waiting for the order to kill, kill, kill" and "war can break out at any time _ are you ready?"

As the video starts, a young soldier is seen touching his uniform and putting on his cap. This will be followed by a man's voice heard which says in Chinese: "There are always missions in soldiers' minds, enemies in their eyes, responsibilities on their shoulders, and passion in their hearts."

According to the China Daily, the lyrics were "carefully worded to avoid being too aggressive," but the video contains a few lines saying "Let's go to war, let's fight to win" and discusses how the PLA will keep on fighting "even if a bullet passes through my chest."

The song titled 'Battle Declaration' focusing on winning wars, was posted on the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily's website last Thursday.

PLA is the world's largest army with 2.3 million personnel and it gets a budget outlay of over $146 billion, the second highest after America's 534 billion.

In August 2015, the PLA Navy was also seen releasing a recruitment video which focused on China's struggle over its sea rights.

Earlier, Philippines had filed an arbitration case against China challenging a claim over the South China Sea but China had refused to participate in the proceedings. They denied the accusation to militarize the South China Sea in spite of its massive land reclamation activities in that region.