Xi says China must strengthen training for ‘actual combat’

SpaceWar.com reports: “China’s President Xi Jinping called on the country’s armed forces to ‘strengthen military training oriented towards actual combat’, state media reported Wednesday, after Beijing conducted military drills intended to intimidate Taiwan.

Xi’s comments, made on a naval inspection trip on Tuesday, come amid heightened tension in the region after the show of force by Beijing, which sees self-ruled Taiwan as its territory.

China on Monday concluded three days of military drills launched in response to a visit last week by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen to the United States, where she met a bipartisan group of lawmakers and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Xi on Tuesday told the People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theatre Command Navy that the military must ‘resolutely defend China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime interests, and strive to protect overall peripheral stability’, state broadcaster CCTV reported…”

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