China’s Xi asks military to uphold CPC’s leadership


Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC)

Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, meets with delegates

of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attending a seminar on Party building, in Beijing

on November 6, 2013.   Photo by Li Gang





China’s Xi asks military

to uphold CPC’s leadership


By Tian Ye and Hua Chunyu


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday of November 6 called on the military to uphold the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and advocated strengthened Party building in the military.

Loyalty to the CPC is “the soul and lifeblood” of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and the primary task to enhance Party building in the military is to ensure the CPC’s absolute leadership, Xi said.

Xi, also chairman of the Central Military Commission(CMC), said Party building is the “core issue” in the development of the Chinese military.

The President called for efforts to arm military officers with Party theories and required them to follow the command of the CPC Central Committee and CMC “at any time and under any circumstances.”

Party committees should play a leading role and Party members should set an example in promoting Party building in the military and strengthening the military’s combat effectiveness, he said.

Xi asked Party members in the military to relay “criticism and self-criticism,” consolidate Party unity, enforce Party discipline, fight against corruption, and clean up undesirable work styles such as formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance.

“Criticism and self-criticism” is part of the national “mass line” education campaign, which was launched by the CPC in June to boost ties between CPC officials, members and the public.

In “criticism and self-criticism” sessions, Party officials examine their own shortcomings as well as those of their colleagues at what are known as “democratic meetings.”

Xi said he believes it is important for the military to both carry on its fine traditions and embrace innovation regarding Party building as China’s social conditions and the composition of Party members have undergone profound changes.

He called for efforts to bring forth innovation in Party building and enhance Party committees’ creativity, cohesion and combat effectiveness in the military.





Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with scientific research staff members during his inspection

tour at the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha, capital of central China’s

Hunan Province, on November 5, 2013.   Photo by Li Gang




Xi stresses military talent,

technology innovation


By Zuo Yuanfeng

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged a key university to make more efforts in fostering high-quality military talent and developing innovative science and technology projects.

Xi made the remarks on Tuesday of November 5 during an inspection at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), which is based in the city of Changsha in central China’s Hunan Province.

The NUDT, which evolved from the Military Engineering Institute of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) founded in 1953, has played a key role in providing high-caliber military technicians and developing advanced weapons and equipment for the country.

While visiting an exhibition of various science and technology projects by the NUDT, Xi praised the university for its fruitful innovation drive, urging the university’s technology innovation personnel to continue its hard work and strive for more achievement.

In June, the NUDT announced that it had again built the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-2, capable of performing 33.86 quadrillion operations per second and surpassing the U.S. Titan supercomputer.

The computer’s predecessor, the Tianhe-1A, was the world’s fastest supercomputer from November 2010 to June 2011, when it was surpassed by Japan’s K computer.

Stressing ideological and political work as a major supporting force in realizing the goal of strengthening the army, Xi said that the goal should be embedded in all stages and aspects of the university’s operation.

Xi called for a strong sense of politics among officers and soldiers, urging them to “unwaveringly uphold the basic principle and system of the army under the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC).”

Xi stressed that the army should keep pace with the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission and resolutely listen to their command.

Meanwhile, Xi told the university to research the characteristics and patterns of modern military education and boost educational quality so as to foster more military talent to shoulder the heavy task of reinforcing the army.

According to Xi, the NUDT should coordinate its scientific research capacity and resources while ensuring that science and technology innovation are closely linked with real combat and army service.

In addition, Xi urged the university to uphold a sound campus spirit in order to promote the comprehensive development of its officers and soldiers in morals, wisdom, physical fitness and aesthetics.





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