China’s President Xi Jinping tells his troops to be ready for war at any moment, in the New Year’s televised speech.
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On Thursday evening, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a New Year’s speech, where he talked about all the events that occurred in 2020. Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in Wuhan, China, he said that the China has ‘put people and their lives first to interpret the great love among humans.’ President Xi Jinping also said that he sympathizes with the one that got infected or are currently infected with the coronavirus. The President also said,
I am proud of our great motherland and people, as well as the unyielding national spirit. Only in hard times can courage and perseverance be manifested. Only after polishing can a piece of jade be finer. We overcame the impact of the pandemic, and made great achievements in coordinating prevention and control and in economic and social development.Chinese President Xi Jinping
The Chinese President also mentioned that the country was the only one in the World that managed to finish the year with positive growth. China is expected to surpass the United States economically by 2028 due to COVID-19. The President also talked about the success in eradicating extreme poverty for nearly 100 million people.
What was most interesting in the Chinese President’s speech was regarding the combat readiness of his troops.
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must be ready to ‘act at any second’ and should remain on ‘full-time combat readiness.Chinese President Xi Jinping
The President also suggested the increased use of technology in military exercises and to keep up with the latest developments in the military technology.
The PLA must increase the integration of new equipment, new forces and new combat realms into training and combat systems.Chinese President Xi Jinping
China has ramped up its production of military equipment, and is attempting to be the best military in the World. This comes at a cost, as its attempt in seizing territories or interfere in other countries’ politics has infuriated a number of countries, some of which seeked US help to bring some balance in firepower in the region.
Last year, in June 2020, China clashed with India over the line of control in Ladakh region. A clash between soldiers of the two countries resulted in several deaths. Since than, the relations between the two neighbors deteriorated, with a number of troops and military equipment deployed to the area from both sides. Read more about the India-China standoff here:
This is not the only serious issue China has. They are on bad terms with several countries due to the South China Sea issue, where they made claim for nearly the whole sea with little regard to what countries like Phillipines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. United States sent a number of warships in the South China Sea to challenge China’s claim of the sea. This was done by a number of freedom of navigation operations (FONOP) near Chinese-occupied lands.
Last year, China introduced a security law in Hong Kong, which came into effect on June 30. Many believe that this law will restrict freedom of speech and assembly, am independent judiciary and also some democratic rights. Basically, China is destroying Hong Kong’s democracy.
Read more about the Hong Kong’s security law here :
It is not the first time that the Chinese President urged his troops to be ready for war, and to be ready to die for the country. Last year he did the same. Read more about it here: