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'Winning wars should be PLA's top responsibility'


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BEIJING (PTI): As it embarked on major reforms, the Chinese military on Wednesday said winning wars should be its top responsibility as "antagonist forces" unwilling to see China growing stronger are trying to contain the Communist giant.

"Winning wars should be the top responsibility for the reorganised military agencies under the Central Military Commission (CMC) headed by President Xi Jinping," a commentary in the official daily of People's Liberation Army said.

The commentary, the second in a series since four military headquarters had been rearranged into 15 new agencies under the CMC by President Xi on Monday, said China's security situation faced several risks.

"The national security situation is facing new and profound changes with an increasing number of risks, challenges and interwoven conventional and unconventional security threats," state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the daily as saying.

Unwilling to see socialist China grow stronger, "antagonist forces" are trying to contain the country, it said.

Underscoring the importance of safeguarding sovereignty, security and development, the PLA Daily article urged the CMC agencies to focus on winning wars while improving warfare capacity and quality.

The agencies should lose no time in adjusting to the new operational command system, actively engage in research, drawing up regulations and training personnel, to ensure a united, effective joint-command system, it said.

Besides the strategic rivalry with US, China is entangled in a maritime dispute in the South China Sea with Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan.

China is also locked up in a dispute with Japan over the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Also the India-China border dispute remained unresolved even though both the countries have made efforts to improve relations and initiated several measures to keep the situation along the borders peaceful.

Xi on January 11 directed China's 2.3 million-member armed forces to strictly follow the orders of the ruling Communist Party and focus on winning wars as he reorganised the military headquarters structure firming up his grip on the world's largest army.

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