PLA Vows to ‘Build an Indestructible Combat Force’ Subservient to Xi
The generals commanding the five major services of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have promised their unstinting support for Chinese president Xi Jinping's effort to reshuffle and reorganize the PLA, which is the armed force of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
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Xi met with commanders of the 84 corps-level units he earlier reorganized or established and issued instructions to them. He ordered all these units to adhere to the CPC's leadership and obey the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission (CMC), which he heads as its chairman.
Xi said the 84 units as crucial parts of a "new system," and called on these units to safeguard China's sovereignty, security and developmental interests.
Chinese state-controlled media said all PLA officers and soldiers pledged to obey the CPC Central Committee, the CMC and Xi to enhance combat readiness and "build an indestructible army."
The People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) said it will uphold the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core, follow orders and strengthen combat training.
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) said it will spare no effort to build a powerful naval force to protect China's maritime rights and interests, and effectively respond to maritime security threats.
The People's Liberation Army Air Force said it will strengthen combat training, and strive to become a force of integrated air and space capacities competent for both offensive and defensive missions.
The People's Liberation Army Rocket Force said it will focus on building a world-class strategic force as envisioned by President Xi Jinping; eradicate the bad influence of Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou (corrupt former CMC vice chairmen) and concentrate on "building an invincible army."
The People's Liberation Army Strategic Support Force, which is responsible for cyber warfare and electronic warfare operations, said it will spare no effort to make major innovation breakthroughs and cultivate a high-end talent pool to seize the strategic military high ground.
All military servicemen vowed to "greet the 19th CPC National Congress scheduled for later this year with outstanding achievements and a brand new look."