Xi Jinping tells troops to prepare for worst-case scenarios

China | 27 May 2020 12:20 pm

President Xi Jinping stressed the need for achieving targets and missions of strengthening national defense and armed forces this year, while maintaining effective coronavirus epidemic control on a regular basis, Xinhua reports.

Xi, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks yesterday at a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People's Liberation Army and People's Armed Police Force, at the third session of the 13th National People's Congress, the national legislature.

Xi heard speeches by military deputies on fulfilling epidemic control tasks, strengthening training amid the epidemic, and accelerating capacity building on biosecurity defense, among others.

Commending their role in battling the coronavirus pandemic in China, Xi said the people's armed forces have once again proven themselves to be heroic forces that can be fully trusted by the Communist Pparty and the people.

Xi said the epidemic has had a profound impact on the global landscape and on China's security and development as well.

He ordered the military to think about worst-case scenarios, scale up training and battle preparedness, promptly and effectively deal with all sorts of complex situations and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.

Xi demanded reform and innovation to address new situations and problems exposed in the coronavisu pandemic and ordered accelerating the research and development of coronavirus drugs and vaccines by tapping the advantages of military medical research.

He also stressed scientific innovation on national defense and training of high-caliber professional military personnel.

Noting that this year marks the end of the 13th five-year plan for military development, Xi said extraordinary measures must be taken to overcome the impact of the virus pandemic to ensure major tasks on the military building are achieved.

He demanded good planning on the next five-year plan. On defense expenditure, Xi said every penny must be well spent to produce maximum results.

He also asked the military to support the economic and social development, poverty relief and others. 



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