Xi Jinping tells China marine corps to prepare for war

Xi Jinping tells China marine corps to prepare for war

Xi Jinping addressing Chinese marine corps, telling them to focus their minds on war. Photo / China24

By Jamie Seidel

Chairman Xi Jinping isn’t pleased. Despite months of intense practice, his elite marine corps troops aren’t up to scratch. So he’s urged them to “focus your minds and energy on … war”.

During an inspection on Tuesday of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Marine Corps in Chaozhou City, Guangdong, Xi told his troops: “Focus your minds and energy on preparing to go to war and stay highly vigilant.”

Marines must be a “multifunctional, rapid response, all-weather and region” force, he pronounced. It was their “important responsibility” to safeguard Chinese territory, maritime interests and international interests.

“Marines have many different missions, and the demands on you will vary. As such, marines should base your training on battle … and raise training standards and combat ability,” he said.

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