Increasing their combat readiness and visualizing the worst-case scenarios is the call made by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to the military, asking them to resolutely defend the sovereignty of the country, reports the state news agency Xinhua.
The president made these demands during a plenary meeting of Parliament with delegations from the People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police Force, which is being held in Beijing.
Likewise, Xi stated that the army should seek new forms of training and deal more quickly and effectively with all kinds of complex situations to resolve the interests of national sovereignty, security and development, although not mentioning any specific problem that could represent a threat to the country.
Slowest military spending increase in three decades
Last week, Beijing released details of its national budget, under which military spending increased by 6.6% compared to 2019, to exceed 1.2 trillion yuan ( $ 178 billion ) in full recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reported.
However, compared to the past, the figure marks the slowest increase in the nation’s military spending in three decades.
The news comes as the Asian giant faces a growing smear campaign coming mainly from the US. Many analysts see it as a deflecting maneuver for not assuming responsibility on the US Covid-19 catastrophe.
Featured image: Paramilitary police officers march near a poster of President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, on May 22, 2020. Thomas Peter / Reuters
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