President Xi Jinping has sent a clarion call for his armed forces to transform itself into a world-class military by the mid-21st century.
Image: President Xi Jinping
The Chinese president advised his army during the 19th National Congress of the CPC, where he was re-elected as General-Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC).
According to a report from Xinhua News Agency, the 64-year-old president said socialism with Chinese characteristics has taken a new dimension, and called for an army which will boldly work with purpose.
The leader also asked his military to “learn and implement the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress, following the road of building a strong army with Chinese characteristics and promoting the modernization of national defense and the army.”
In his words: “We should strive to fully transform the people’s armed forces into a world-class military by the mid-21st century.”
Xi showered encomiums on the armed forces and highlighted their achievements in the past five years.
“The CMC has endeavored to build an army that follows the command of the CPC; is capable of winning battles, and has a fine style of work,” he said, adding that the men have in their honor, upheld the Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces.
Remarkably, the news outlet added, Xi praised the CPC for innovating military strategies, governing the army according to dictates of the law, and promoting cooperation between the military and civilians.
“The armed forces should be basically completed by 2035,” he said, adding that the government expects it to achieve mechanization and modernization of the national defense by the year 2020.
The president urged his armed forces to study and implement the spirit of the congress which he said, is the primary task for the party, the country and the army at present and in the years to come.
“Our military officers and soldiers should learn from the report of the congress as well as the Party’s Constitution so as to better guide their work,” he added.
He referred to his senior officers in the army as pillars in China’s campaign to build a strong and formidable army, stressing that they should be loyal and obedient to the Party.
“Be good and smart at combat and endeavor to reform,” Xi advised.
The President asked the members of the CMC, newly chosen at the first plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, to be keenly aware of the trust bestowed by the Party and people and the expectations of all servicemen and women and spare no effort in their work.
“They should be efficient in commanding their forces, strict in discipline and set an example by performing their duty with spirit and diligence,” he said.
“The armed forces should improve political education and combat training and push forwards all projects of the 13th five-year plan of military development.
“Military reform projects should not be delayed and the armed forces should be placed under strict discipline.”