Xi urges military to focus on improving capabilities


  • China
  • Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020

Inspiring the troops: Xi talking to soldiers stationed in Yunnan province during an inspection tour ahead of the Lunar New Year. — Xinhua

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping has urged the Chinese military to strive this year to realise its goals and missions given by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the people.

“We are determined to build a moderately prosperous society and eradicate absolute poverty before the end of this year.

“We also aim to achieve the goals set for our national defence system and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) this year. There are many tough tasks for us to do,” said Xi, who also is general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.“I hope you stick to the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, uphold the Party’s thought on strengthening the military and implement military strategies in the new era.

“You must enhance the sense of mission, be focused on improving your capabilities, make sure all of your jobs are fully done and unswervingly complete the goals set by the Party and the people.”

The president made the remarks on Monday in Kunming, capital of southwestern China’s Yunnan province, as he met with officers from military units in the province.

He said troops in Yunnan performed well in terms of implementing instructions from the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission.

He also praised them for steadily moving forward toward their goals and completing their tasks with outstanding results.

The troops made remarkable contributions to the protection of sovereignty, national security and development interests, as well as

to economic and social development in Yunnan, according to Xi.

When addressing the officers during the meeting, Xi offered his best wishes for the coming Spring Festival to all members of the PLA, the People’s Armed Police Force, the reserve forces and the militia.

On Sunday, Xi inspected a border defence battalion in Yunnan. He checked the troops’ living conditions and chatted with soldiers.

Video clips aired by China Central Television showed Xi visiting a squad’s dorm, the battalion’s medical room and its kitchen. He checked the cooked meals and examined the freshness of the vegetables.

The president also held a teleconference with soldiers from a landmine clearance unit and a border patrol squad, and encouraged them to honour their duties.

Also on Sunday, he visited a village of the Wa ethnic group in Tengchong, a city in Yunnan.

He stressed the need to promote rural vitalisation and address problems such as the imbalance between urban and rural development.

Xi told the villagers that efforts should be made to develop rural industries, improve the rural economy, increase incomes and improve people’s livelihoods.

He also extended Lunar New Year greetings to the villagers, and beat a wooden drum thrice in accordance with local customs to wish favourable weather for bumper harvests, and peace for the country, people and the world. — China Daily/ANN

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