What message did China’s military parade send?
China holds ceremony to mark 90th anniversary of PLA founding
BEIJING — President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is moving rapidly toward “strong” informationized armed forces.
Xi said the PLA has transformed from a “millet plus rifles” single-service force to one that has fully-fledged services and has basically completed mechanization.
He said that the PLA must be bold in reform and adept in innovation while staying away from rigidity and stagnation at any time and under any circumstances.
Xi reaffirmed the Communist Party of China (CPC)’s absolute leadership over the PLA.
“To build a strong military, [we] must unswervingly adhere to the Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces, and make sure that the people’s army always follow the Party,” he said.
Xi called for a new generation of “capable, brave and virtuous” army “with souls” in order to build a strong military.
Calling political work the “lifeline” of the PLA, Xi said troops must have ironclad faith, beliefs, disciplines and responsibilities, and retain their nature and tenet as the people’s army.
Xi has urged the country’s armed forces to bear in mind the sacred duty of fighting for the people.
The PLA is deeply rooted in the people and the strength comes from the people, said Xi.
Xi called on the PLA to maintain its close relationship with the people and “go through thick and thin” with them.
The PLA should also actively contribute to the economic and social development in stationed areas to benefit the people with actions, said Xi.
Xi urged boosting integrated military and civilian development amid efforts to build a strong military.
China must build a national strategic system and capacity of military-civilian integration, he said.
The CPC has established its thoughts on building a strong military in a new phase, Xi said.
The Party has put forward a series of new ideas and requirements concerning national defense and military building in the past five years since the 18th CPC National Congress, which together constitute the CPC’s thoughts on building a strong army in the new phase, Xi said.
The Party’s military strengthening theories should be constantly enriched and developed to cope with new challenges and solve new problems under new circumstances, he said.
He stressed “coordinated, balanced and inclusive development” of economic and national defense construction.
China will never compromise on its sovereignty, security or development interests, Xi said.
“The Chinese people love peace. We will never seek aggression or expansion, but we have the confidence to defeat all invasions. We will never allow any people, organization or political party to split any part of Chinese territory out of the country at any time, in any form,” Xi said.
“No one should expect us to swallow the bitter fruit that is harmful to our sovereignty, security or development interests,” he said.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while addressing a grand gathering in celebration of the PLA’s 90th founding anniversary.
Source: China Daily/Asian News Network
PLA ready to guard sovereignty
Standing ready: Chinese paramilitary policemen stand in formation at Tiananmen Square after attending a ceremony to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. — AFP
BEIJING: The Chinese army will step up its pace of improving its joint combat capabilities and “stand ready to fight and win at any time”, State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan said.
Speaking about the cross-Straits situation, Chang said yesterday the People’s Liberation Army is “confident, capable and fully prepared to resolutely safeguard State sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
Chang made the remarks during a speech at a grand reception marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the PLA, which fell yesterday.
President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee as well as chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the reception along with other party and state leaders.
The PLA has come a long way since its birth during the armed uprising in the city of Nanchang on Aug 1, 1927, when it had only 20,000 soldiers.
Xi oversaw and addressed a grand military parade on Sunday marking the 90th anniversary at the Zhurihe Training Base in North China’s Inner Mongolia region.
Yesterday morning, Xi attended a grand ceremony in Beijing commemorating the 90th anniversary and delivered a speech.
Led by Xi, the PLA has been advancing reform, technological upgrades, boosting training and combat readiness, Chang said.
Through this, it has achieved thorough restructuring and greatly enhanced its combat effectiveness, he added.
The military will press ahead with reforms and staunchly focus on winning in combat and training for readiness, Chang said.
Speaking of the cross-Straits situation, Chang said adherence to the 1992 Consensus and opposition to Taiwan independence constitute the political foundation of peace and development of cross-Straits relations.
Any form of secessionist attempt by anyone at any time would surely be opposed by the whole Chinese people and nation, he added.
Noting the Chinese military’s role as a contributor to world peace, he said the PLA facilitates global development and supports international order.
As of June, the Chinese military had participated in 24 UN peacekeeping missions, sending 31,000 personnel, 13 of whom lost their lives on duty. — China Daily/Asia News Network
Unique gift: Ahmad Shabery (centre) presenting kain songket made of pineapple fibre to China’s General Administration of Quality Supervi…