2019
Xi Jinping on Military Development
  ·  2020-07-27  ·   Source: Xinhua News Agency & Xi Jinping: The Governance of China (I&II)
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People's Liberation Army and armed police force at the Second Session of the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing on March 12, 2019. Xi stressed that the armed forces need to focus on carrying out the 13th Five-Year Plan for military development so as to ensure that the set targets and tasks of developing national defense and armed forces are fulfilled as scheduled. Edited excerpts of Xi's speeches on military development since 2012 follow:  

Striving to realize the Chinese dream and the dream of building a strong military, the entire armed forces must clearly understand the importance and urgency of implementing the 13th Five-Year Plan for military development, firm up their resolve, intensify the sense of mission, forge ahead with a pioneering spirit, and go all out to carry out the plan so as to ensure that the set targets and tasks are fulfilled as scheduled. (March 12, 2019) 

The Party's leadership is a fundamental guarantee for the strong cohesiveness, affinity, creativity and combat capability of the military. (August 1, 2017) 

To strengthen our military, we must always focus on combat readiness, and build an elite military that is ready and able to fight and prevail at all times and under all circumstances when the call comes. (August 1, 2017) 

The Chinese people cherish peace. We will not engage in aggression or expansion. But we are confident that we will defeat any aggressor. (August 1, 2017) 

We will never allow any person, any organization or any political party to split any part of the Chinese territory away from the country at any time, in any form. No one should expect us to accept anything that damages our sovereignty, security, or development interests. (August 1, 2017)  

To strengthen our military, we must always remember that serving the people wholeheartedly is our fundamental purpose. We must stand side by side with the people so as to be trusted, supported and loved by the people. Our victories would not have been possible without the support of the people. (August 1, 2017) 

All departments concerned should seize the opportunity, broaden their vision and accelerate high-quality integration. These are some of the key points: unified leadership, further integration, innovation ideas, and in-depth cooperation. (June 20, 2017) 

The contemporary theme of our military's political work is to focus on realizing the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation, and provide a solid political guarantee for achieving the Party’s goal of building the military. (October 31, 2014) 

We should manage the military budget well and use it properly by working hard, practicing economy, and opposing extravagance and waste, so as to put the funds to their best use. (March 11, 2013) 

Achieving the great renewal of the Chinese nation has become the dream of the Chinese people in modern times. This great dream we have is to make our country strong. To the military, the dream is to make our forces strong. To achieve these aims we must strive both to enrich the country and build a strong national defense and powerful military. (December 8 and 10, 2012) 

Sources: Xinhua News Agency & Xi Jinping: The Governance of China (I&II) 

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