Xi said China should be ready for “military struggle” because The United States (US) will withdraw from Afghanistan on September 11 this year. Xi made the remarks about strengthening the country’s military might ahead of the 94th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Beijing officials have expressed concern for months that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is fueling the rise of the Taliban and inviting regional instability.
Jinping and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi this week said the withdrawal of U.S. troops could give Uighur separatists a terror operation base on which they could launch attacks on the CCP in the western province of Xinjiang.
And on China’s eastern border, British and American naval warships have increased their presence in the South China Sea and challenged Beijing’s claims to international trade waters.
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“On the road to fully building a modern socialist state and realizing the goal of the second hundred years, national defense and the military should be placed in a more important position, and the consolidation of a strong national defense and military should be accelerated,” Xi said.
“We must persist in strengthening the overall war planning and making preparations for the military struggle,” the Chinese president added Newsweek, Sunday (1/8/2021).
The CCP’s Qiushi journal notes that Xi also ordered the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to be “absolutely loyal” to the Communist Party and he claimed that the country’s system of absolute leadership is a military advantage for China compared to Western democracies.
Xi took over as president of the Central Military Commission eight years ago and has consistently pushed the PLA to prepare for war in any “theater”. Xi also led a major overhaul of the country’s military power in 2015 to modernize China’s military. Xi echoed similar sentiments on Friday, urging military and party leaders to push for massive technological developments within their armed forces.
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“It is important to promote a high degree of scientific and technological independence, accelerate research on key core technologies, accelerate the development of strategic, cutting-edge and disruptive technologies,” Xi said.