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"Always listen to and follow the party's orders", Xi said.
"The world is not all at peace".
The officers and soldiers stood to attention along the length of an airstrip at Zhurihe military training base in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, flanked by sandy prairies that stretched to mountains on the skyline.
Photo: Xinhua, via YouTube screenshot.
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The PLA also has the confidence and capability to build a stronger military and make new and greater contribution to realizing China's two centenary goals and the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation, and safeguarding world peace, Xi added. I believe that our heroic army has the confidence and capability to defeat all invading...
Xi again issued a demand for loyalty on Sunday, instructing his amassed troops to "unswervingly stick to the fundamental principle and system of the party's absolute leadership over the army".
'We need to build a strong people's military more than any other time in history, ' Xi said, who served briefly in the military as an aide to the defence minister and previous year assumed the title of commander in chief of the military's Joint Operations Command Center, whose insignia he wore on the camouflage battle dress.
Almost a hemisphere away, over at China's massive Zhurihe military training complex in Mongolia, the affair was a bit more ominous, with throngs of soldiers, military vehicles and aircraft showing off above all else their shear volume and capacity for warfare.
Xi, who oversees the PLA in his role as head of the powerful Central Military Commission, repeatedly shouted, "Hello comrades!" and "Comrades, you are working hard!" into four microphones fixed atop his motorcade as martial music blared in the background.
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Beijing is engaged in a decades-long build-up and modernisation of its once-backward armed forces, as it seeks military clout commensurate with its economic might and increasingly asserts its disputed territorial claims in Asian waters.
It represents the PLA's determination to become a top military in the world.
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) also encompasses the navy and air force.
The PLA, originally called the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army, was founded in 1927 when Communist soldiers seized the southern Jiangxi provincial town of Nanchang from Nationalist Party ['Kuomintang'] armies in what is known today as the Nanchang uprising.
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