Be ready for battle, President Xi tells the Chinese military

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Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the country’s military to be constantly ready in the face of instabilities and uncertainties, state media reported on Wednesday.

The entire armed forces must always be ready to respond to all kinds of complex and difficult situations, ”Xi said at a meeting Tuesday with the military delegation to the National People’s Congress (NPC), the parliamentary session. annual from China.

The development of the military should focus on combat readiness, Xi said, as the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

Xi said the new five-year plan from 2021 to 2025 is a good starting point for strengthening national defense and the military.

At the end of its week-long meeting on Thursday, the NPC will approve a draft outlining the way forward as well as a massive 6.8% increase in military spending for this year.

Xi said the plan is to strengthen high-caliber strategic deterrence and that the People’s Liberation Army must resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.

The Chinese leader, who is also the leader of the Communist Party and chairman of the military commission, said military developments should be driven by innovation and further efforts should be made to make science and technology independent.

He also said defense – innovation needed a significant boost.

The modernization and expansion of the Chinese military comes against a backdrop of growing tensions with the United States and Taiwan, incidents on its border with India and disputes over the South China Sea islands and the East China Sea. ( NAN)

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