Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday ordered the country’s armed forces to enhance their combat readiness and develop an even stronger military presence.
Xi gave the instruction at a meeting of the Central Military Commission (CMC) in Beijing, reports state-owned news portal Xinhua.
“The world is facing a period of major changes not seen for a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development,” he said, before warning that various risks and challenges were on the rise.
Xi then went on to say that the entire armed forces should have a correct understanding of China’s security and development trends, and that they should enhance their awareness of danger, crisis and war.
He noted that combat capability is the only and fundamental criterion. “All work, forces and resources are to focus on military preparedness, to ensure marked progress in this regard,” the president required.
Finally, Xi asked the armed forces to upgrade the command capability of their joint operations, foster new combat forces and improve military training under combat conditions.
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