Xi urges con­stant work to make PLA first-rate

Pres­i­dent tours new ex­hi­bi­tion, praises mil­i­tary’s achieve­ments

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ahead of the up­com­ing 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has called for unre- mit­ting ef­forts to make the PLA a world-class army.

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, made the re­marks while vis­it­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion opened in Bei­jing on Fri­day.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mil­i­tary Mu­seum of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Rev­o­lu­tion fea­tures more than 1,000 pho­tos as well as relics and mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tions to show the land­mark com­bat, events and achieve­ments of the PLA.

Also on dis­play are mod­els of the ma­jor mil­i­tary equip­ment in ac­tive ser­vice as well as China’s first atomic bomb and H-bomb, which were det­o­nated in 1964 and 1967, re­spec­tively.

While tour­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion on Fri­day, Xi noted that the mil­i­tary has scored many vic­to­ries in the past 90 years and has made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to na­tional in­de­pen­dence, peo­ple’s lib­er­a­tion,

the coun­try’s pros­per­ity and pub­lic well-be­ing.

The 90 years is a con­cen­tra­tion of the PLA’s strong ideals and be­liefs, great tra­di­tion and brav­ery in com­bat, and it is a great spir­i­tual trea­sure, Xi said.

The coun­try should re­mem­ber the his­tory, hand down the revo­lu­tion­ary gene and con­stantly bring for­ward the great course ex­plored by the older gen­er­a­tion of rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies at a new start­ing point, Xi said.

Of­fi­cials, the pub­lic and all the ser­vice­men and women should be en­cour­aged to hold tight their faith in the Chi­nese so­cial­ist path, the the­o­ries, the sys­tem and the cul­ture, and strive for re­al­iz­ing the dream of re­ju­ve­nat­ing the great Chi­nese na­tion, he said.

Other Party and State lead­ers, in­clud­ing Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang, also toured the ex­hi­bi­tion on Fri­day.

They stopped from time to time and were intrigued by the del­i­cate de­sign and pre­sen­ta­tion of the his­tor­i­cal mo­ments and achieve­ments.

Key mo­ments of the PLA that are pre­sented in­clude the start of the gar­rison­ing of Hong Kong and Ma­cao in 1997 and 1999, re­spec­tively, as well as the sail­ing of the air­craft car­rier Liaon­ing to the South China Sea for train­ing.

Touch­ing mo­ments of the PLA that are shown in­clude sol­diers on the fore­front of dis­as­ter re­lief af­ter the deadly Wenchuan earth­quake in south­west­ern China’s Sichuan prov­ince in 2008.

Liu Yun­shan, a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, said at the open­ing cer­e­mony on Fri­day morn­ing that the ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive look at the his­tory of the PLA, whose 90th an­niver­sary falls on Au­gust 1.

It also presents the PLA’s glo­ri­ous achieve­ments af­ter the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in 1949, par­tic­u­larly in the wake of the 18 th Na­tional Congress of the CPC in 2012, Liu said.

MA ZHANCHENG / XIN­HUA

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, ac­com­pa­nied by Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and other lead­ers, vis­its the Mil­i­tary Mu­seum of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Rev­o­lu­tion in Bei­jing on Fri­day to see an ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing land­mark achieve­ments of the Peo­ple's Lib­er­a­tion Army.

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