PLA can defeat all invading armies, says Xi Jinping

Xi’s remarks and the parade come amid heightened tensions between India and China after Indian troops stopped the PLA from constructing a road in Doklam at the China-India-Bhutan trijunction.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Updated: July 31, 2017 4:34 am
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping stands on a military jeep as he inspects troops of the People’s Liberation Army during a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the PLA at Zhurihe training base in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Sunday, July 30, 2017.  (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday said the People’s Liberation Army had the confidence to defeat “all invading armies and safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests”. Xi was addressing troops at a military base in Inner Mongolia to mark the PLA’s 90th anniversary.

After his speech, China’s Ministry of Defence said that the training exercise that included “thousands” of Chinese troops before the parade was “not related to the country’s neighbourhood situation”. Xi’s remarks and the parade come amid heightened tensions between India and China after Indian troops stopped the PLA from constructing a road in Doklam at the China-India-Bhutan trijunction.

Addressing a press conference on the parade, Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defence, said, “Training for the parade was done under realistic conditions. The training was arranged in accordance with the annual training plan and was not related to the country’s neighbourhood situation.”

While National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said last week that Indian officials had admitted to entering Chinese controlled territory, and demanded that the Indian troops withdraw. While China has insisted that dialogue would be possible only after the Indian forces were withdrawn, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had suggested both countries pull their forces back.

At the parade, Xi said China needed a strong military more than ever. “Our heroic armed forces have the confidence and capability to defeat all invading enemies and safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests… The world is not all at peace, and peace must be safeguarded. Today, we are closer to the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation than at any other time in history and we need to build a strong people’s military more than at any other time in history,” he said.

The event also marked Xi’s first large-scale parade in a military base. State-run news agency Xinhua reported that this was the first time China’s Army Day was commemorated with a military parade since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Xi is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC)’s Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Xi also ordered the PLA to follow the “absolute leadership” of the CPC. “Officers and soldiers, you must unswervingly stick to the fundamental principle and system of the Party’s absolute leadership over the army, always listen to and follow the Party’s orders, and march to wherever the Party points to,” he said. Xi added that the PLA should uphold combat effectiveness as the “sole and fundamental” standard for the military.

“The PLA must focus on war preparedness and forge an elite and powerful force that is always ready for fight, capable of combat, and sure to win,” Xi said.

According to China’s Ministry of Defence, the Army Day parade included 12,000 troops, 600 pieces of armament and 100 aircraft. Chinese MoD spokesperson Ren said, “The parade was a breakaway from the formalities of ceremonial parades. No military bands, no public attendance, no grooming and even no goose-stepping marches were held to minimise irrelevant elements and mimic actual combat.”

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    Seshadri Damodaran
    Jul 31, 2017 at 1:05 pm
    "ChinA able to defeat all invading enemies" "ChinA's SulthAn", Xi, has declared g ly, knowing well there is no "enemy" in that category, and only ChinA is invader on many fronts, like in 12000sq.kms of BhArath from 1962. Wish and pray that by the grace of Thath-Sath/al-LA /aadhi-LA /dhokA-LA:, etc., poor, sAdhu-BhArath BhutAn rub together, BhArath's forgotten, now-off, lamp/tool, against Mighty British Imperialism, sathyAgrahA, like al-LA -al-dheen(Alaavudheen in Thamish) rubbed his magic lamp to win over a similar g ChinA-sulthAn in famous Arab tale, iam reading now. It is time for Auspicious/ritualistic/ancient "pra-ChinA-veetham" extrovert struggle, instead of "upa-veetham" or introvert non-action elsewhere! BhutAn-areA cannot be dealt like TiannAnmen Square inside the efficient-Dictator-"Communist-for-appearances"-SulthAn-territory! The Govt. bluff-media of ChinA rants about Sath-nAthana-dharm in BhArath, knowing Sath/truth is not on their side, but only "punch shell" not
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      S Kumar
      Jul 31, 2017 at 2:14 pm
      India has lost its culture and became a ugly invader. India invaded China in 1962, Pakistan in 1971 , Burma in 2015. India has slaved Bengal, Bhutan and Nepal. That's the reason why India has no friend around it.
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      S Kumar
      Jul 31, 2017 at 12:39 pm
      India can Join China as a new country named as Chindia. Chindia will become the most powerful country in the world.
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        S Kumar
        Jul 31, 2017 at 12:40 pm
        People's republic of Chindia.
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        Sivakumar
        Jul 31, 2017 at 12:38 pm
        Kamal Basha don't say Monkey Bhagat ? , say Pig 🐷 Mohammed Kamal Basha😂
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          Mohan Tvm
          Jul 31, 2017 at 12:36 pm
          The Dragon is a paper tiger. Many indicators are quan atively impressive, but they are not qualitatively so. The Chinese paid the price for its rapid growth through environment, social morality and messed up economy. Its international diplomacy is a utter failure. The LOAN SHARKS have antagonized every small vulnerable nation. All neighbors have turned against its bullying expansion of borders. The military is not tested against any war. They had lost all wars during the last 300 years except in 1962. In 1950, Tibet did not have a standing army and was expecting protection from big brother India. CPEC, a big investment scam, has flopped miserably. Who will think of trucking 7000km from East China to Gwadar? Who will invest in a desert where only terrorists can survive?
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            Sivakumar
            Jul 31, 2017 at 12:36 pm
            Barking dog seldom Bite. Well Mr. Kamal Basha and Mr. S Kumar( aka Mohammed), despite aware of military might of China, India had taken stand to protect indian interest is indeed a heroic act of Shree Narendra Modi Ji, you stupid Pakies we have a great faith in our Armed Forces and also aware of Chinese products, if you want to buy J7 go head😂😂😂😂,
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              Kamal Pasha
              Jul 31, 2017 at 12:29 pm
              Every BJP leader and supporter must read Reader's Digest of August 2017. There is big article with images of Indians relieving themselves in open every morning - both male and females. Nearly 600 Indians are without proper toilets, and Modi is saying to the nation that India is doing very well. MY FOOT.
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                Kamal Pasha
                Jul 31, 2017 at 11:59 am
                Why Monkey Bakhat is hidding behind Saffrons? Common be a man and reply to China. Nobody is going to help you in this mess created by you. Neither US. nor Israeil whom you ordered arms worth millions. You should have made more toilets as you will need it the moment China sneezes.
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                  S Kumar
                  Jul 31, 2017 at 8:18 am
                  A stronger China is helpful for Pakistan to deal with the threat of India. Pakistan should buy J-20 plane to defeat any India fighters. Take back Kashmir.
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