|Chinese President Xi Jinping Graces Military’s 90th Anniversary Parade|
President Xi Jinping stressed to the Chinese military the urgency to rebuild itself into an elite, world-class force, as he oversaw a large-scale military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
Xi, the commander-in-chief of China’s vast armed forces, was wearing military fatigues and a field cap during the large-scale military parade at the remote Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region.During the parade, Xi oversaw the inspection of thousands of military troops, tanks, and other military vehicles.
Speaking before the vast Chinese military units, he exhorted the soldiers to transform the army into one which is capable of repelling China’s enemies and upholding world peace.China's armed forces are in the midst of an ambitious modernization program, which includes investment in technology and modernized equipment such as stealth fighters and war aircraft.
"Today, we are closer to the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation than any other time in history, and we need to build a strong people's military more than any other time in history," Xi told the assembled troops.
"Always listen to and follow the party's orders, and march to wherever the party points," he added.
The military responded by passionately yelling: "Serve the people!", "Follow the Party!", "Fight to win!" and "Forge exemplary conduct!"
Xi said that the world was not peaceful.However, he did not mention any of China’s most pressing issues such as the territorial disputes over South China Sea, nor the mounting tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile launches.
According to Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang, the location for the military parade embodied a "dust-covered battlefield atmosphere" for the 12,000 military units that participated.
China has not been engaged in a war in the past few decades and reiterates that it has no intent of waging one.Rather, it simply needs the capability to reinforce its defense capabilities as it is now the world's second-largest economy.
According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, this was the first time that China has marked Army Day, which formally falls on August 1 since the Communist revolution in 1949.This is also the first time that the Xi oversaw the troops like this.