The Hush Post: What does the call ‘be ready for war and unafraid to die defending the country’ by Chinese President Xi Jinping mean?
Xi’s words did not come up suddenly to the world’s largest army. Experts say, it could be directed particularly at India and Japan after the Doklam issue and also after its aggressive claims to huge expanses of the South China Sea, while engaging in confrontations with Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
However, many say that Xi’s words were to create an impression about his personal strength as a leader and also to tell the world that China has arrived under him.
China’s military personnel should “neither fear hardship nor death,” Xi told thousands of military personnel during an inspection visit Wednesday to the People’s Liberation Army’s Central Theatre Command in northern Hebei province, as per the official Xinhua news agency.
He urged the PLA to step up research into high-tech means of warfare and engage in “real combat training,” Xinhua said.
China has a total of 22 lakh army personnel, It is the fastest growing and modernising military power in the world and as a result Xi has said because of increased mechanisation and use of technology they can afford to bring the strength of army from 22 lakh to 19 lakh in the coming few years.
As per the law military service in China is mandatory; however, it has never been enforced due to an already huge military the country has.
Xi said that its army should create an elite and powerful force that is always ready for the fight, capable of combat and sure to win in order to fulfil the tasks bestowed by the party and the people in the new era, he was quoted saying.