Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday ordered the Chinese armed forces to enhance their combat readiness.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), gave the instruction at a CMC meeting held in Beijing.
According to local media:
“Hailing the landmark, pioneering and historic military achievements since the 18th CPC National Congress, Xi said the armed forces had resolutely safeguarded national sovereignty, security and development interests and withstood complex situations and severe struggles.”
“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,” Xi Jinping said, warning that various risks and challenges were on the rise.
“The entire armed forces should have a correct understanding of China’s security and development trends, enhance their awareness of danger, crisis and war, and make solid efforts on combat preparations in order to accomplish the tasks assigned by the Party and the people.”
Regarding combat capability as the only and fundamental criterion, Xi ordered all work, forces and resources to focus on military preparedness and ensure a marked progress in this regard.
Xi reportedly stressed the armed forces ability to respond quickly and effectively to contingencies, asking them to upgrade commanding capability of joint operations, foster new combat forces, and improve military training under combat conditions.