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Xi Jinping orders PLA to form elite force for real combat, digital warfare

Xi issued military training instructions to the PLA during a mobilisation ceremony which was simultaneously broadcast to 4,000 military gatherings around China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Xi Jinping. File Photo: Reuters
Xi Jinping. File Photo: Reuters

Chinese Jinping has ordered the military to create an elite force with training in real combat and warfare.

Xi, also of the of China, (CPC) and of the Central Military Commission, (CMC) made the remarks during an inspection of a division of the People's Libration Army (PLA) army in the Central Theatre Command, state-run reported today.

Regarded as the most powerful Chinese leader, has been pressing the 2.3 million strong PLA, the world's largest standing force to improve combat training and function under the leadership of the party and CMC, which is the overall command of the military.

Yesterday issued military training instructions to the during a mobilisation ceremony which was simultaneously broadcast to 4,000 military gatherings around

The ceremony was held at a military training base in North under the PLA's Central Theatre Command, with more than 7,000 troops and 300 armed vehicles, Central Television (CCTV) reported.

At the ceremony, Xi ordered the to strengthen combat readiness and put military training in a strategic position, the Daily, of the PLA, reported.

"This is the first time since the founding of the country that instructions on military training have been directly issued by the of the CMC, and it shows that improving combat readiness is now a strategic mission for the Chinese military," said Xu Guangyu, a retired of the told state-run today.

"The core of improving combat readiness is to maintain and promote combat capability. China can't copy the US' measure to improve combat capability through actual combat overseas since our national defense policy is defensive rather than offensive. Therefore, military training becomes extremely important for China," Xu said.

Currently, one third of our defense budget is used for military training," Xu added. China's defence budget last year amounted to $152 billion.

First Published: Thu, January 04 2018. 21:53 IST
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