Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:26:53 GMT

Chinese military pledges full support to Xi

From K J M Varma
Beijing, Mar 18 (PTI) The Chinese military today pledged its full support to new President Xi Jinping''s call to realise the "Chinese Dream", vowing to build strong armed forces to safeguard national sovereignty.

"In order to realise the ''Chinese dream'', the entire military should fully understand the significance of national defense and army building and actively shoulder the responsibility of safeguarding national sovereignty and security," according to a circular from the General Political Department of the People''s Liberation Army (PLA), the world''s largest standing armed force consisting 2.3-million personnel.

It urged the army to earnestly learn and implement the spirit of the first session of the 12th National People''s Congress and a keynote speech delivered by Xi at the closing meeting of the country''s legislature yesterday.

"The Chinese dream, after all, is the dream of the people. We must realise it by closely depending on the people.
We must incessantly bring benefits to the people," said Xi, also the General Secretary of the Communist party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

As for the army, the dream of a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation means to build strong armed forces, and serve to the supreme interests of the country, the circular said.

Leading military officials at all levels are asked to make lectures to convey the spirit of the gathering and respond to soldiers'' concerns.

Army personnel should hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics and ensure the army''s resolute obedience to the command of the CPC Central Committee, the Central Military Commission (CMC) and CMC Chairman Xi Jinping, the circular said.

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