On May 7, the People’s Liberation Army Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese military, published an opinion article asking the entire army to be prepared for war in line with guidelines of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Decision of President Xi.

The article calls for the military to improve its training effort and combat readiness under the Covid-19 epidemic prevention and control policy.

Chinese-language newspaper Appolo News commented that the war preparation demand is more of a warning signal to anti-Xi forces within the Chinese Communist Party than aiming at foreign adversaries.

In early 2021, the Chinese leader Xi Jinping also demanded that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must be ready to “act at any second.”

Since assuming the head of the Central Military Commission in late 2012, Xi has repeatedly pushed the PLA to be prepared for war.

In a related development, Hu Xijin, former editor-in-chief of the Global Times newspaper, the leading mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, on May 5, made a statement criticizing China’s strict pandemic strategy that has locked down multiple cities across the country.

Hu published a now-deleted post on Weibo and WeChat, saying that the goal of containing and preventing the epidemic was to ensure the safety of the people and protect the economy.

Apollo News argued that Hu Xijin’s unusual behavior shows that anti-Xi Jinping sentiment within the CCP is at a high level.

Apollo News concludes that as the 20th National Congress of Deputies approaches, the political fight within the CCP will become more and more heated.

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