On November 8, Mr Xi paid the joint operations command centre of the CMC his first visit of the new term. He underlined that China’s national security is experiencing more volatility and uncertainty and that its military missions remain challenging as the world “undergoes more deep changes unseen in a century.”
In his first trip to the joint operations command headquarters in his third term, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the military to “improve soldier training and combat preparedness.”
According to the official Xinhua news agency, Mr Xi “instructed [the military leadership] to resolutely preserve national sovereignty, security, and development interests.” Hence Chinese military is getting prepared for a war.
The Chinese military should devote all of its efforts
As he assumed command of the military for a record third five-year term, President Xi Jinping stated that China’s national security is confronting growing instability and instructed the PLA to focus all of its efforts on enhancing capability and preserving combat readiness to fight and win wars.
“The entire military should devote all of its effort to and conduct all of its work for combat readiness, enhance its capability to fight and win, and effectively fulfil its missions and tasks in the new era,” said Mr Xi, who started his third five-year term as the leader of the Communist Party in October. Mr Xi was also picked to serve a second term as leader of the Party at the Party Congress convened in Beijing last month.
According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, he said the entire military should put all of its efforts into completing all of its responsibilities for combat readiness, improving its capacity to fight and win and completing its missions and tasks.
According to the report, Xi gave them orders to courageously protect the country’s interests in growth, security, and sovereignty as well as to carry out the numerous tasks to which the party and the people had entrusted them.
Reshuffle in a structure
Three Generals who had held important positions heading the Army in the Western Theatre Command, which borders India, won substantial promotions to the CMC and the Party Central Committee, joining Mr Xi was the new CMC leadership, which underwent a reshuffle during the congress.
The CMC has appointed General He Weidong, 65, as its new Vice-Chairman. A close friend of Mr Xi’s, General Zhang Youxia (72), was approved for re-election as Vice-Chairman.
General Three PLA Generals who were actively involved in the Western Theatre Command (WTC), which borders India, were promoted, and he was one of them.
General From 2016 to 2019, he oversaw the Army (ground troops) at the WTC, during which time the 2017 Doklam conflict occurred. Later, he served as the commander of the Eastern Theatre Command, which oversees Taiwan.
General Xu Qiling (60), one of the 205 members of the Party’s new Central Committee, was additionally elevated. In 2020, he took over for General He as the WTC Army Commander, and he was then transferred to the CMC’s Joint Staff division. General Wang Haijiang (59), the WTC’s current leader, was also made a member of the Central Committee.
“victory in local wars” as a goal
With a 10-year term completed and holding the three important positions of head of the party, military, and presidency, Xi is the only head of state (apart from party founder Mao Zedong) to hold onto power while all of his predecessors resigned.
In his first speech to the two million-strong military, the largest in the world, as he began his third term as head of the CMC, Xi stressed that China’s national security is facing increased instability and uncertainty and that its military tasks remain challenging. He also noted that the world is undergoing more profound changes than have been seen in a century.
The Communist Party of China‘s (CPC) once-every-five-year Congress held here this month reappointed Xi, ping, as its general secretary and as the head of the Central Military Commission (CMC), which oversees the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), for an unprecedented third five-year term.
Xi also outlined “victory in local wars” as a goal during his speech at the party congress last month. He also instructed the PLA to “improve training and preparation for war in all aspects and improve the ability of the army to fight and win.”