Xi Jinping demanded to speed up an upgrade in China’s armed forces to “achieve strategic goals”

Xi Jinping, speaks at a meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police during the first day of the 14th National People’s Congress of China (Xinhua via AP) (Li Gang /)

The head of the Chinese regime, Xi Jinpingmade a call for “more rapidly raise the armed forces to world-class levels” days after warning that the country was threatened by a US-led campaign to “contain, encircle and suppress China”.

In his vision, “national strategic capabilities” should be maximized in an attempt to “systematically improve the overall strength of the country.” to address strategic risks, safeguard strategic interests and achieve strategic objectivesXi said on Wednesday.

His remarks before delegates to the ceremonial parliament representing the People’s Liberation Army, the military wing of the ruling Communist Party, and the People’s Armed Police, a paramilitary corps, were published by the official news agency xinhua.

Chinese warships take part in joint naval exercises with Russia in the East China Sea (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP/File)
Chinese warships participate in joint naval exercises with Russia in the East China Sea (Press Service of the Russian Defense Ministry via AP / File) (Uncredited /)

Xi made a series of calls to accelerate the development of self-reliance in science and technologyto strengthen strategic capacities in emergency fields, to make industrial and supply chains more resilient, and to make national reserves “better capable of safeguarding national security.”

Also CPC General Secretary and Chairman of the Central Military Commission He asked the Army for “a solid atmosphere to safeguard national defense” and “to consolidate and enhance strategies and capabilities to build a strong country with a strong army.”

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, bottom center, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, poses for a group photo with deputies from the delegation of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the People's Armed Police Force before attending a plenary meeting of the delegation during the first session of the 14th National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Xi has called for
(Li Gang/Xinhua via AP) (Li Gang/)

China will increase its defense spending by 7.2% this year after the item grew by 7.1% in 2022, according to a government report sent during the annual session of the PNA, the country’s main annual political conclave.

The program presented by Xi fits into a series of national strategies already underway, such as the “Made in China 2025” campaign that seeks to make the country the dominant force in 10 key fields, from integrated circuits to aerospace, and with a multi-decade campaign for civil-military integration in the economy.

Xi also mentioned the the need to “achieve the objectives for the centennial of the Army in 2027″, a date by which, according to some American observers, China claims to have the ability to militarily conquer the self-governing taiwanan ally of Washington.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (Europa Press/Contact/Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi)
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (Europa Press/Contact/Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi) (Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi/)

China has vaguely defined the centenary goals as further “informatization” and raising the military to “world-class levels.”

Beijing’s defense budget has nearly doubled in the past decade, allowing it to maintain the world’s largest standing army at two million strong, the world’s largest navy by number of ships, and the largest missile and missile forces. aviation in the Indo-Pacific.

The data was released after a year of growing tensions with Taiwan, a territory over which China claims sovereignty, and while Europe is going through a serious moment due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

(With information from AP and EFE)

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