International

Xi urges Chinese army to do everything it can to prepare for battle

Chinese President Xi Jinping   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

China’s armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of military brass on Friday.

China is keen to beef up its armed forces amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea and escalating tension with the United States over issues ranging from trade to the status of Taiwan.

Mr. Xi said the country faced increasing risks and challenges, and the armed forces must work to secure its security and development needs, according to official Xinhua news agency.

Mr. Xi, who is also the chairman of the Central Military Commission, said the armed forces must devise strategies for the new era and take on responsibilities for preparing and waging war.

“The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development,” he was quoted as saying.

He said the armed forces needed to be able to respond quickly to emergencies, needed to upgrade their joint operations capabilities and nurture new types of combat forces.

 

Taiwan issue

Mr. Xi’s comments followed his remark, made on Wednesday, that China still reserved the right to use force to achieve “reunification” with Taiwan and prevent the island’s independence.

Mr. Xi’s Taiwan speech came just days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act into law, reaffirming the U.S.’ commitment to the island’s security.


Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jan 18, 2022 11:24:21 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/chinas-xi-calls-on-army-to-be-battle-ready/article25917793.ece

Next Story