Se­nior PLA gen­er­als back Xi’s or­ders

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA

High-rank­ing of­fi­cers of the People’s Lib­er­a­tion Army have voiced sup­port for Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s in­struc­tions to build a strong mil­i­tary.

PLA Daily on Wed­nes­day pub­lished ar­ti­cles by chiefs of seven mil­i­tary area com­mands, the air force and the armed po­lice as well as se­nior lead­ers of the navy, the sec­ond ar­tillery force, the gen­eral po­lit­i­cal depart­ment and gen­eral staff depart­ment.

Com­ments on na­tional de­fense and build­ing strong armed forces made by Xi, who is chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, were echoed by the chiefs and se­nior lead­ers.

The use of the air force at sea must be strength­ened to safe­guard China’s mar­itime rights and tackle var­i­ous threats from the ocean, ac­cord­ing a piece by Air Force com­man­der Ma Xiao­tian.

He high­lighted en­hanced in­for­ma­tion sup­port, sys­tem­atic com­bat ca­pac­i­ties and ex­er­cises in real war sit­u­a­tions at sea.

“(We must) en­sure to ful­fill our mis­sion ef­fec­tively as soon as Chair­man Xi and the CMC give an or­der,” Ma said in his ar­ti­cle.

Zhang Shibo, Bei­jing Mil­i­tary Area com­man­der, said the rule of law in mil­i­tary con­struc­tion must be im­ple­mented, and any­one vi­o­lat­ing laws and reg­u­la­tions must be se­verely pun­ished.

Mil­i­tary lead­ers must be sub­ject to strict man­age­ment and take the lead in obey­ing laws to build a strong army, Zhang said.

Shenyang Mil­i­tary Area Com­man­der Wang Jiaocheng and Guangzhou Mil­i­tary Area Com­man­der Xu Fen­lin em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of es­tab­lish­ing and im­ple­ment­ing stan­dards for com­bat ca­pac­i­ties, while Liu Yue­jun, Lanzhou Mil­i­tary Area Com­man­der, pledged to con­sol­i­date bor­der de­fense in north­west­ern China.

Mil­i­tary re­form, strate­gic think­ing and com­bat pre­pared­ness were also dis­cussed by chiefs of the mil­i­tary area com­mands in Ji­nan, Nan­jing and Chengdu.

The navy will step up de­vel­op­ing new com­bat plat­forms and weapons for strikes, and im­prove in­for­ma­tion sup­port dur­ing mar­itime wars, said Tian Zhong, deputy com­man­der of the navy.

The navy will strengthen ex­er­cises un­der the elec­tro­mag­netic en­vi­ron­ment in un­fa­mil­iar and com­pli­cated sea wa­ters, he said.

The sec­ond ar­tillery force is striv­ing to im­prove in­forma­ti­za­tion to build strong mis­sile troops, said Wang Ji­urong, the force’s deputy com­man­der.

Yi Xiaoguang, as­sis­tant to the chief of staff, un­der­scored mil­i­tary and civil­ian in­te­gra­tion, with co­op­er­a­tion in sea, air and space as well as in­for­ma­tion, of which the coun­try is in ur­gent need. In­te­gra­tion will be at higher lev­els and more co­or­di­nated.

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