President Xi says China loves peace but won’t compromise on sovereignty
PEKIN (Reuters) – China, it loves peace, but will never compromise to defend its sovereignty, said President Tuesday Xi Jinping, which marks 90 years since the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.
China has shaken nerves around Asia and around the world with its steadily growing position in territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas and an ambitious military modernization plan.
Relations with Taiwan’s auto have also worsened since Tsai Ing-wen, the Progressive Independent Progressive Party, won last year’s presidential election. China considers Taiwan to be a distant province, to be controlled by force by Beijing if necessary.
Xi, speaking at the Great Hall of the People, made no direct reference to a particular territorial dispute, trying to ensure that China’s intentions were silent, but also show that China would not be intimidated.
“We Chinese people love peace. We never seek aggression or expansion, but we have the confidence to overcome all the invasions,” Xi said in comments published live on public television.
“We will never allow any nation, organization or political party to divide any part of Chinese territory out of the country at any time, in any form,” he said. “No one should expect us to evaluate the bitter fruits that undermine our sovereign interests, security and development.”
The army has been a central target of the anti-corruption campaign of the Xi Grand, with several senior officials, including Xu Caihou, Guo Boxiong and Gu Junshan, were sacrificed for grafting since Xi took office.
Xi said that after five years of hard work, the EPL had managed to “reshape” its organization and power structure and public image.
Paramilitary police standing outside the Great Hall of the People, after which marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Army, the People’s Liberation in Beijing, China August 1, 2017 ceremony.
A reorganization of the army’s senior posts during a key five-year Communist Party meeting in the fall should reinforce its grip, and Xi repeatedly reiterated the Party’s “absolute leadership” over the army.
“To build a strong army, [we] must adhere to the absolute leadership of the Party on the armed forces, and ensure that the people’s army follows the party,” Xi said.
Quoting Chairman Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, Xi said: “Our principle is that the Party sends the gun and the gun should not be allowed to control the party.”
China has not fought a war for decades and the government insists it has no hostile intent, but only needs the good defense of the second world economy.
China’s armed forces, the world’s largest, are in the midst of an ambitious modernization program, which includes investment in technology and new equipment, such as poachers and aircraft carriers, as well as troop cuts.