Xi Jinping urges Chinese military to remain focused

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Chinese President Xi Jinping urged his country's military to remain focused on the goals set by the committee for the armed forces to accomplish by 2027, the year marking the centenary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Completing the missions for the Chinese military by the PLA’s centenary in 2027 and building the military into a world-class force were strategic prerequisites for making China a modernised and socialist nation, according to the report Xi delivered to the 20th CPC National Congress.

Speaking to top-ranking officers on Monday in his first military meeting since the Congress concluded on Saturday, Xi, who is also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said achieving those goals was the central mission for China’s armed forces in the coming five years, and that they must spare no effort to meet these goals by 2027.

All members of the armed forces must have a thorough understanding of the party’s thought on strengthening the military, carefully study the thought’s essence and turn it into their inner impetus to build a world-class military, Xi said.

“Commanders, officers and soldiers should work and train hard to fulfil their tasks to contribute to the completion of the centenary goals,” he stressed.

Xi said members of the new Central Military Commission were selected at the first plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Committee, an important political decision made based on the needs of the CPC, country and armed forces.

He urged the members of the commission to keep in mind their duties given by the party and the people, as well as the expectations of troops, and to carry out their work diligently.

He also ordered all military units to strictly follow the Central Military Commission’s annual plan and ensure the punctual completion of their tasks for 2022.