Chinese President Xi Jinping instructs troops to focus on 'preparing for war'

Elias Hubbard
October 17, 2020

Amid the escalation of tension between China and the US, Chinese President Xi Jinping asked Chinese troops to be alert and ready for action if the situation demands.

President Xi delivered the speech on Tuesday while inspecting the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Marine Corps in Chaozhou of Guangdong province.

The objective of his visit was to deliver a speech to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, which was established in 1980 to attract foreign capital.

The Chinese language chief's go to to the army base comes amid sharp pressure between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic, commerce points and China's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

China insists self-governing Taiwan is a part of its territory, and Xi hasn't dominated out utilizing pressure towards the US-ally.

A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry told the South China Morning Post last week that "the United States should immediately cancel the planned weapon sales to Taiwan, stop any arms deals and cut off their military ties". United Sates Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently spoke about the Chinese transgression at the Indo-Chinese border, hinting that the Americans will side with India in the eventuality of a war with China.

In August, when USA health chief Alex Azar visited Taiwan to offer US President Donald Trump's support, Chinese air force jets briefly crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and were tracked by Taiwanese missiles.

'Focus all [your] minds and energy on preparing for war and maintain a high level of alert, ' Xi, who is also chairman of China's Central Military Commission, is quoted saying.

In response, Beijing increased military drills around Taiwan. About 40 Chinese warplanes crossed the line between the mainland and Taiwan on September 18 and 19 - one of several flights described by island president Tsai Ingwen as a "threat to use force".

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