China’s national security is facing increasing instability, President Xi Jinping told the military to prepare for war. After assuming charge of the army for a record third term, he directed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to increase its capabilities and prepare to win the war.

Xi Jinping, 69, was last month elected to a third term as general secretary of China’s ruling Communist Party (CPC) and head of the Central Military Commission (CMC).

On Tuesday, Xi Jinping visited the CMC’s Joint Operations Command Center in Beijing; which provides vital support to the CPC Central Committee and the strategic command of the CMC.

The world is going through a big change, Xi Jinping said, aiming for a 2 million-member military there. China’s national security is facing increasing instability and uncertainty. China’s military operations have also become difficult.

In this situation, the military has to use all its forces to prepare for war and effectively achieve its goals. He enjoined the Army to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests and successfully complete the various tasks assigned by the Party and the people. He said the military leadership must focus on making the PLA a world-class army by 2027.

(10 November)