Amid rising tensions with the U.S. over Taiwan issues and border clashes with its neighbor India, Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered a “comprehensive upgrade” in China’s armed forces.
What Happened: Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, called for “building a strong army in the new era,” according to CGTN, a state-owned media.
The comments from the Chinese president came days ahead of the 95th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Xi emphasized continuous efforts to strengthen Chinese military personnel training to enhance their sense of responsibility, mission, and urgency.
“[We] must make sure that the guns should always be carried in the hands of someone who’s loyal to the Party,” he said.
The president also urged for high-tech modernization for all military talents, advancing their recognition, innovation, and implementation ability.
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