Xi urges stronger mil­i­tary

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged the Chi­nese mil­i­tary on Wed­nes­day to con­tinue to im­prove its joint com­mand ca­pa­bil­ity.

Xi, also chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, gave the in­struc­tion on an early-morn­ing visit to the com­mis­sion’s Joint Com­mand Head­quar­ters in Bei­jing.

Dur­ing the visit, it was an­nounced that the pres­i­dent had be­come com­man­der-in-chief of the CMC Joint Com­mand Head­quar­ters.

Xi told of­fi­cers at the head­quar­ters to con­cen­trate on study­ing the art of com­mand and op­er­a­tion and to build a pro­fes­sional and ef­fi­cient joint com­mand sys­tem.

He told them to re­gard their po­si­tions at the head­quar­ters as their com­bat po­si­tions on the bat­tle­field, or­der­ing them to ef­fec­tively han­dle any kind of con­tin­gen­cies and to res­o­lutely safe­guard the country’s sovereignty, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests.

Xi said one of the ma­jor goals of the on­go­ing mil­i­tary re­form is to strengthen the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the CMC Joint Com­mand Head­quar­ters. He stressed that head­quar­ters of­fi­cers must have a clear sense of cri­sis and hone their abil­ity for “in­for­ma­tion­ized war­fare”.

“We will take spe­cial mea­sures to train pro­fes­sion­als for joint oper­a­tions … and speed up the de­vel­op­ment and de­ploy­ment of ad­vanced mil­i­tary tech­nolo­gies,” he told se­nior com­man­ders and of­fi­cers.

Xi also told the head­quar­ters to im­prove per­son­nel group­ing, stream­line op­er­a­tional pro­ce­dures and share its ex­pe­ri­ence with re­gional joint com­mands.

The pres­i­dent wore a cam­ou­flage uni­form dur­ing his visit, which was the first time a Chi­nese pres­i­dent had in­spected a top mil­i­tary body in a com­bat uni­form and the sec­ond time Xi had ap­peared in pub­lic in such a uni­form.

Xi wore a cam­ou­flage uni­form for the first time in Jan­uary 2014 when he in­spected a bor­der de­fense reg­i­ment in the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Xu Liang­cai, a se­nior of­fi­cer at the Joint Staff De­part­ment un­der the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army South­ern The­ater Com­mand, said mod­ern war­fare fea­tures a high level of joint op­er­a­tion and so­phis­ti­cated com­mand, re­quir­ing a joint com­mand sys­tem with good con­trol of in­for­ma­tion and ex­cel­lent pre­ci­sion in ma­neu­vers.

We will take spe­cial mea­sures to train pro­fes­sion­als for joint oper­a­tions.”

ZHOU CHARONG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping greets per­son­nel on Wed­nes­day at the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion’s Joint Com­mand Head­quar­ters, where he called on the Chi­nese mil­i­tary to con­tinue im­prov­ing its ca­pa­bil­i­ties for joint com­mand.

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