President Xi Lauds Army's Great Achievements In 90 Years

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     MARCH Chinese soldiers on parade for President Xi Jinping

GETTY MARCH Chinese soldiers on parade for President Xi Jinping

Reiterating that China will never compromise on its sovereignty, President Xi Jinping has warned that China will never allow anyone to split any part of Chinese territory out of the country amid the months long military standoff with India in the Sikkim sector.

Chinese analysts have noted that the PLA's celebrations - and recent muscle-flexing through several exercises - comes amid both the stand-off with India in Doklam in the India-China-Bhutan trijunction, and China's rising concerns over tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

While calling on the PLA to must be bold in reforms and adept in innovation, he said China wants to build a strong army with Chinese characteristics.

The base will enable China to better support its patrols in waters off Somalia and Yemen and carry out its worldwide humanitarian obligations, the report said.

This is the second time in three days that Xi spoke of the PLA's capability to thwart invasions. Its origins date back to the Chinese communists' first military clash against Nationalist (Kuomintang) Chinese forces, in the southern city of Nanchang on August 1, 1927.

"The world is not all at peace, and peace must be safeguarded", said Xi.

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Live state television broadcasts showed Xi, dressed in fatigues and speaking from an open-top jeep, telling his troops that China needed a strong military "more than ever" as it moved "closer to the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation".

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.

More than 12,000 service personnel from the air force, army and navy, as well as the newly formed rocket force and strategic support troops, took part in the parade.

At the same time the defense minister was at pains to underline the PLA's contributions to "world peace".

In June, China held one of its largest military parades in decades to mark the 20th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to China.

The parade also showcased two models of electronic reconnaissance vehicles, a Y-8 electronic jamming aircraft and a group of military drones that can "paralyze and suppress" enemy early-warning and command communication systems. China has claimed that the road construction was well within its territory.

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