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Chinese military will intensify troop training, combat preparedness to fight and win: President Xi Jinping

BEIJING (PTI):  Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that the Chinese military headed by him will intensify troop training and combat preparedness to fight and win besides creating a strong system of "strategic deterrence."

Xi said this while presenting his work report to the once-in-a-five-year Congress of the ruling Communist Party which began its week-long session here on Sunday.

"We will intensify troop training and enhance combat preparedness across the board to see that our people's armed forces can fight and win," he said.

In the 63-page report, Xi, who also heads the Central Military Commission (CMC) - the overall high command of the two million-strong People's Liberation Army (PLA) - devoted a special section to the military titled Achieving the Central Goal of the PLA and Further Modernising National Defence and Military.

The plans outlined by him acquire significance for the Indian military forces considering the frictions at the Sino-Indian border, especially in eastern Ladakh since May 2020 triggered by offensive actions by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) that had strained bilateral ties.

Both sides resolved some of the issues through 16 rounds of talks and agreed to hold more talks to resolve the pending issues.

Though Xi did not mention a particular country when he referred to local wars and border issues, Chinese military commander Qi Fabao, who was injured in the Galwan Valley clash with Indian troops in June 2020 attended the CPC Congress as one of the 304 delegates from the PLA.

Part of the video footage of the PLA's Galwan clash in which Qi was involved was played on the giant screens at the Great Hall of People before the arrival of Xi and other leaders to attend it.

In his report, Xi said achieving the goals for the centenary of the PLA in 2027 and more quickly elevating China's People's armed forces to world-class standards are strategic tasks for building a modern socialist country in all respects.

"We will establish a strong system of strategic deterrence, increase the proportion of new domain forces with new combat capabilities, speed up the development of unmanned, intelligent combat capabilities and promote coordinated development and application of the network information system," he said.

"We will improve the command system for joint operations and enhance our system and capacity for reconnaissance and early warning, joint strikes, battlefield support and integrated logistics support," he said.

Xi said the PLA will intensify military training under combat conditions, laying emphasis on joint force-on-force training and high-tech training.

Xi's remarks also assume significance amid China's rising military manoeuvring in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region.

China claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it.

Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea. China also has territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea.

"We will become more adept at deploying our military forces on a regular basis and in diversified ways and our military will remain both steadfast and flexible as it carries out its operations. This will enable us to shape our security posture, deter and manage crises and conflicts and win local wars," Xi said.

Besides increasing the Communist Party's supervision over the military, he said reforms will be carried out in military universities and colleges to build a strong system of training new types of military personnel and develop new ways to manage military human resources.

The Chinese military also will improve national defence mobilisation capacity and development of reserve forces and will continue to "modernise our border, coastal and air defence".

"We will consolidate and boost unity between the military and the government and between the military and the people," he said.

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