Chinese armed forces ordered to enhance combat readiness

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During China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) meeting in Beijing on January 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping instructed that China’s armed forces should enhance combat readiness from a new starting point and open new ground for developing a strong military, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development,” Xi said during the meeting.

Xi said that the entire armed forces should have a correct understanding of China’s security and development trends, enhance their awareness of danger, crisis and war, and make solid efforts on combat preparations in order to accomplish the tasks assigned by the Party and the people.

He emphasized on the armed forces’ ability to respond quickly and effectively to contingencies, asking them to upgrade commanding capability of joint operations, foster new combat forces, and improve military training under combat conditions.