Xi Jinping ordered armed forces to strengthen real combat training yesterday
He also told his soldiers they should be able to fight anytime and be able to win
Thousands of servicemen listened to the speech with mighty tanks around them
Xi is widely considered as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong
By TRACY YOU
4 January 2018
Chinese President Xi Jinping told the country’s armed forces to improve its war-winning capability and strengthen real combat training in a speech on Wednesday.
He ordered all levels of military to follow the guidance of ‘enhancing military training and war preparing’.
The 64-year-old, widely considered the most powerful Communist leader since Mao Zedong, also instructed his military that they should not fear hardship or death, according to a report on China’s state broadcaster CCTV.
Thousands of soldiers stood in formation at a mobilisation meeting in Baoding, Hebei Province, as Xi issued the commands.
Apart from being the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi is the chairman of the Central Military Commission, which controls the country’s armed forces.
Xi is also the general secretary of the Communist Party of China.
According to China’s state news agency Xinhua, this was the first time the Central Military Commission of China had held a mobilisation meeting for the whole armed forces.
Xi started delivering the speech at 10am wearing a military uniform.
He was at the main venue of the mobilisation meeting, reported to be the shooting range of a unit of China’s land forces. He attended the meeting accompanied by senior Communist officials.
More than 7,000 armed officers and soldiers listened to the speech in cold weather, as rows of military tanks were parked around them.
Xi’s two-minute-long speech was also broadcast live to over 4,000 branch venues for soldiers across China to follow.
The branch venues covered China’s land, navy and air forces as well as the Rocket Force, which was formed on January 1, 2016, to manage the 2,500 ballistic missiles China claims to own.