PRESIDENT Xi Jinping called on the military to improve its political awareness, push forward reform, and govern its forces according to law to aid the building of a strong military.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, underscored the importance of improving combat readiness through troop training.
The president made the comments on Monday during a visit to the 65th Army Group, which is stationed in north China’s Hebei Province.
While at the barracks, Xi extended Spring Festival greetings to the armed forces, armed police force, the militia and reserve forces.
The weeklong holiday, which starts on the eve of the Chinese New Year tomorrow, is the most important in the Chinese calendar, when millions of people travel home, many seeing their relatives for the only time in the year.
Xi visited a study room of a company of an infantry brigade under the 65th Army Group, where he saw servicemen using a smart phone app to compare study results. He encouraged all soldiers to carry forward the country’s excellent traditions and move with the times, while using the Party’s new theories to arm their ideologies.
Xi expressed an interest in soldiers’ living arrangements during the Chinese Lunar New Year. He was briefed by a platoon leader that soldiers will have dinner, play games and attend entertainment events.
After listening to the soldiers singing, Xi sat with them, talking to every soldier in the platoon and urging the leaders to make sure that the soldiers have a good Spring Festival.
At the company clubhouse, Xi posed for photographs with the soldiers and told them that the grassroots units were the foundation of the military. He urged officers to care about their fellow servicemen and address their concerns.
He also voiced the hope that young servicemen could make personal achievements while in service.
Better work order
At the command and training center of the army group, Xi ordered better ideological and political work, saying that the pernicious influence of Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, two corrupt former CMC vice-chairmen, should be purged.
Guo was jailed for life last year. Xu died of cancer in 2015 before he could face trial.
It must be ensured that the military upholds the authority of the Party’s Central Committee at all times and under any circumstances, and firmly follows the command of the Party and the military commission, Xi said.
He demanded reform tasks be implemented and the military’s combat capability be enhanced through drills under battle conditions.
Xi stressed that the military should be strictly governed according to law, with a focus on primary-level units.
While striving to complete military missions, Xi said, the military should also support the integrated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the country’s poverty alleviation efforts.