PLA urged to up­hold Party’s ab­so­lute lead­er­ship, main­tain com­bat readi­ness, in­no­vate, stay true to faith and dis­ci­plines

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China will never com­pro­mise on its sovereignty, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Tues­day at a cer­e­mony in Bei­jing mark­ing the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army.

“The Chi­nese peo­ple love peace. We will never seek ag­gres­sion or ex­pan­sion, but we have the con­fi­dence to de­feat all in­va­sions,” the pres­i­dent told the tele­vi­sion au­di­ence and those in at­ten­dance and at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing. “We will never al­low any peo­ple, or­ga­ni­za­tion or po­lit­i­cal party to split any part of Chi­nese ter­ri­tory out of the coun­try at any time, in any form … and no one should ex­pect us to swal­low the bit­ter fruit that is harm­ful to our sovereignty, se­cu­rity or de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests.”

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, told the PLA to up­hold the Party’s ab­so­lute lead­er­ship and China’s so­cial­ist sys­tem; to safe­guard the coun­try’s sovereignty, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests; and to pro­tect re­gional and global peace.

“The PLA must fo­cus on im­prov­ing its com­bat readi­ness. … We have mul­ti­ple ways to safe­guard peace and se­cu­rity and pre­vent wars, but mil­i­tary means are al­ways our last re­sort,” he said.

In his speech, Xi looked back on the PLA’s his­tory, paths and sac­ri­fices, say­ing the mil­i­tary has made so many his­toric con­tri­bu­tions to the Party and the Chi­nese peo­ple.

He said the PLA’s faith in the Party and its own lofty ideals, its fight­ing spirit and rev­o­lu­tion­ary dis­ci­pline, as well as sup­port from the peo­ple have been the foun­da­tion of its suc­cesses, adding the mil­i­tary must keep mak­ing re­forms and in­no­vate so it can al­ways move for­ward.

He pledged to deepen the on­go­ing mil­i­tary re­form, to en­cour­age more use of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in the PLA, and to push for­ward civil-mil­i­tary in­te­gra­tion, which gen­er­ally refers to the mil­i­tary trans­fer­ring tech­nolo­gies to civilian sec­tors and com­mis­sion­ing private compa- nies to pro­duce equip­ment for the armed forces.

Xi also called for a new gen- er­a­tion of “ca­pa­ble, brave and vir­tu­ous” army “with souls” in order to build a strong mil­i­tary.

Li Li, a mil­i­tary strat­egy re­searcher at the PLA Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity, said Xi’s re­marks stated clearly his ex­pec­ta­tions on the Chi­nese mil­i­tary — to be a re­li­able and ca­pa­ble guardian for China’s sovereignty, se­cu­rity and in­ter­ests.

“The pres­i­dent has re­peat­edly stressed the importance of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in the fu­ture of the PLA be­cause he is fully aware that a war to­mor­row will def­i­nitely be one de­ter­mined by sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy,” she said. “Upon Xi’s request, the PLA will con­tinue to strengthen its re­search and de­vel­op­ment ef­forts.”

Tues­day’s cer­e­mony is the third event Xi has taken part in dur­ing the past three days to cel­e­brate the 90th an­niver­sary of the PLA.

On Sun­day, he in­spected a field pa­rade at the Zhurihe Train­ing Base in the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, which in­volved a to­tal of 12,000 troops and hundreds of large weapons and equip­ment.

The event was the first pa­rade specif­i­cally or­ga­nized to cel­e­brate a found­ing an­niver­sary of the PLA. Many new weapons there were shown to the pub­lic for the first time.

On Mon­day, Xi at­tended a re­cep­tion held by the De­fense Min­istry at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple, ex­chang­ing toasts with retired com­man­ders, veter­ans and honor re­cip­i­ents to salute them.

On Aug 1, 1927, the Com­mu­nist Party of China, which was founded in July 1921, led a mil­i­tary uprising in Nan­chang, Jiangxi prov­ince, and es­tab­lished its own armed force in hopes of lib­er­at­ing the Chi­nese peo­ple from the hands of the Kuom­intang rul- ers, lo­cal war­lords and for­eign im­pe­ri­al­ists.

The date was later com­mem­o­rated as the birth­day of the PLA, which was called the Chi­nese Work­ers’ and Peas­ants’ Red Army at first. The cur­rent name — Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army — was for­mally adopted in 1947, two years be­fore the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China.


Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, speaks in Bei­jing on Tues­day, the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army.

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