At a time when China is actively increasing its influence as a world power and gaining first place in terms of world economies, modernization of the armed forces becomes a central objective, said President Xi Jinping as secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, at the end of a session of the summit of that organization.
Cited by several newspapers, Xi Jinping said that the defense and development of Chinese socialism involves ensuring internal security and adjusting military capabilities to national strategic objectives.
On the other hand, investment in the defense sector also allows to induce the growth of the economy, since thousands of workers are already or may become part of the companies that align with this strategy.
The objective of military capacity growth has been decades old, as can easily be seen by the history of the regime that came to power in 1949, but Xi Jinping's intention is to, from this year, complete the modernization of national defense and the armed forces. , to transform the Chinese army into a world-class force, according to newspapers.
The president called for efforts to implement the strategic plans devised by the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission on the modernization of national defense and the armed forces, to guarantee the proposed objectives.
Xi Jinping said that the country's security faces growing uncertainty and powerful destabilizing factors, so the mission to modernize the armed forces is urgent. The president also said that this strategic plan will take a special focus on the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), which is under preparation.
Meanwhile, China is determined to defend its own sovereignty and security and to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, despite attempts by the United States to provoke friction in the region, said a Defense Ministry spokesman. China.
Commenting on the sending of two US aircraft carriers to the South China Sea for exercises, Ren Guoqiang, quoted by several newspapers, said that the actions of the United States "exposed his hegemonic mentality". And it did not fail to state that China has unquestionable sovereignty over the South Sea islands and their adjacent waters, based on "sufficient historical and jurisprudential evidence".