Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping, who now wrests greater control over People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has asked the military to step-up training and combat readiness. Notably, ever since Xi became the commander-in-chief in late 2012, he has always stressed on the importance of combat readiness training.
As per According Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, Xi asked the PLA to be ready to “act at any second”. “(The PLA must) increase the integration of new equipment, new forces and new combat realms into training and combat systems,? the report said, quoting the Chinese president.
The 67-year-old leader made the comments as the newly revised defence law expanding the powers of the armed forces came into force from 2021.
On December 26, 2020, the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress rubber-stamped a revised National Defense Law, which has come into effect from January 1, 2021.
Xi, who also heads the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) besides the Central Military Commission (CMC), stressed on training and exercises for joint operations of the military.
‘The military must train their officers and soldiers in realistic combat scenarios, place more attention on research about war and military operations, increase the intensity of exercises, conduct more emergency-response drills, and remain on high alert to ensure the troops are always ready for any possible military engagement,’ he said while issuing the new order this year.
India-China border standoff continues
The new order comes at a time when India and China are engaged in a bitter months-long standoff in eastern Ladakh sector. Both the nuclear-powered countries have deployed troops in huge numbers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The relations between New Delhi and Beijing flared up following the Galwan clash in which the Indian Army lost its 20 soldiers. China’s PLA was reported to have lost 30-40 of its men, but Beijing has not issued any official comment so far.
In an attempt to end the deadlock and ease the tensions at the border, both the countries have held several rounds of military and diplomatic level talks in the past months but failed to achieve any major breakthrough.
Courtesy – Times Now