BEIJING, July 11 China's cities are growing so
fast that even the country's military is getting the short end
of the stick, state media reported, with unauthorised new roads
cutting through barracks and tall new buildings hampering
operations at air bases.
Ordinary residents usually bear the brunt of the massive
development now happening in Chinese cities, with mass
relocations and forced demolitions common place, in some cases
sparking violent protests.
But breakneck and often illegal construction has also been
impinging upon once tightly controlled military areas, affecting
combat preparedness, the official Xinhua news agency said late
on Sunday, citing the results of a nationwide survey.
The inspection raised concerns of severe "damage to military
facilities' security and impact upon weapon preparedness and
efficiency," Xinhua paraphrased senior army officer Meng Guoping
"Some important bases have effectively lost their ability to
be used in a war," Meng added.
The report cited several instances from the inspection --
carried out in June at military bases nationwide -- where
facilities were forced to relocate or operate at reduced
effectiveness because of encroaching urban sprawl.
The building of new high-rise buildings in Zhengzhou, the
capital of the populous central province of Henan, had
obstructed the runway at an air base, Xinhua said.
Illegal construction of navigation and hydropower projects
interrupted bombing drills in the northeastern city of Harbin,
and the effective radar range at a base in southern Guangxi
region dropped by 60 percent due to illegal high-rises.
"These problems have attracted the attention of national and
army leaders, who have already charged the relevant responsible
departments to adopt measures for their immediate resolution,"
(Reporting by Sabrina Mao and Michael Martina; Editing by Ben
Blanchard and Sanjeev Miglani)