China: Xi Jinping called on his soldiers to “prepare for war”

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His statements come at a time of severe short-circuits with the United States, with disagreements over Taiwan and the coronavirus pandemic.

Chinese President Xi Jinping asked his troops to “put all their mind and energy into preparing for war” as part of a visit to a military base in southern Guangdong province.

According to the state agency Xinhua, during an inspection by the Marine Corps of the People’s Liberation Army in Chaozhou City, Xi Jinping called on the soldiers to stay “on high alert” and asked them to go “absolutely loyal, pure and reliable”.

The main purpose of Xi’s visit to Guangdong was to deliver a speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, which was established in 1980 to attract foreign capital and played a vital role in helping China’s economy to become the second largest in the world.

The military visit comes at a time when the Tensions between China and the United States are at their highest point in decades, with disagreements over Taiwan and the coronavirus pandemic.

The White House notified the US Congress on Monday that it planned to go ahead with the sale of advanced weapons to Taiwan, according to a congressional aide, including the advanced High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

In a tough response from Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian asked Washington “immediately cancel any plans to sell arms to Taiwan” and sever all “military ties between the US and Taiwan.”

As reproduced CNNAlthough Taiwan was never controlled by the ruling Communist Party of China, Beijing authorities insist that the democratic and self-governing island is an integral part of their territory.

Despite the Chinese government’s disapproval, relations between Washington and Taipei tightened under the Donald Trump administration. In August, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar became the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in decades, when he traveled to the island ostensibly to debate the pandemic.

In response, Beijing increased military exercises around Taiwan.. Nearly 40 Chinese warplanes crossed the median line between the mainland and Taiwan on September 18-19, one of several exits that the island’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, called a “threat of force.”

Meanwhile, in early October, the US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, announced his plan “Battle Force 2045”, which provides for an expansion and modernization of the US Navy of 500 ships with and without crew over a 25-year period.

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