Chinese President Xi Jinping, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, presided over a group study session of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on July 31 in Beijing. He stressed advancing the modernization of the national defense and armed forces at the meeting. Edited excerpts of Xi’s speeches since 2013 follow:
Efforts to make the country prosperous and efforts to make the military strong should go hand in hand.
Joint civilian-military efforts should be made in advancing the modernization of national defense and armed forces.
Excerpt from Xi’s speech at a group study session of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on July 31, 2020
Human resources are a source of strategic wealth for strengthening and developing the armed forces.
Excerpt from main points of Xi’s speech at a meeting of the Central Military Commission on strengthening the Party on August 17, 2018
Proper execution of orders is the making of a majesty military.
Excerpt from Xi’s speech at a military conference on political work on October 31, 2014
We must focus on the key task of building strong military forces which are able to fight to win, make sure that soldiers are capable of fighting, officers of commanding, and troops well trained.
Excerpt from main points of Xi’s speech at the plenary meeting of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) delegation during the First Session of the 12th National People’s Congress on March 11, 2013
Researcher with the PLA Naval Military Academic Research Institute
The Chinese military will continue to assume international responsibilities and obligations, provide public security goods to the international community, and make important contributions to world peace and common development.
Sources: Xinhua News Agency, Xi Jinping: The Governance of China (I&II&III) and People’s Daily