Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday, March 9, delivered a message to the Chinese communist regime’s military ordering it to focus on strengthening combat readiness over the next five years, arguing that uncertainties at home and abroad could generate conflict scenarios and assuming the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would be willing to stage armed clashes in the short term.

Xi, who heads the Central Military Commission, told a panel attended by representatives of the armed forces during the annual legislative sessions of the the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing that the CCP’s military must be “prepared to respond” to complex situations as the country faces security challenges.

Annual meetings of governing bodies of the CCP 

“Our country’s current security situation is largely unstable and uncertain,” Xi said, South China Morning Post reported. “The entire military should coordinate the relationship between capability development and combat readiness, be prepared to respond to a variety of complex and difficult situations at any time, resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests, and provide strong support for the comprehensive construction of a modern socialist state.”

According to Xi, ensuring that CCP’s armed forces are prepared for war should be the main objective of the country’s military, which drew the attention of the international community and raised red flags.

Xi also emphasized the need for “high-level strategic deterrence and a joint combat system,” and to further develop technological innovation in the military.

Combat readiness

Xi’s remarks came after Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe on Saturday called for the military to boost combat readiness, arguing that the communist regime’s national security had “entered a high-risk phase.”

“We face increasing tasks in national defense and must comprehensively improve military training and battle readiness to enhance our strategic capabilities to prevail over our strong enemies,” Wei told military delegates at a meeting on the sidelines of the legislative sessions. 

The similarity between the two speeches is evidence that there is a unified intention within the CCP to continue the subjugation of the regime, including through the use of violence and warlike confrontations. 

This is not the first time that Xi has urged the military to prepare for armed conflict. In October 2020 he ordered the country’s armed forces to put “all their mind and energy into preparing for war,” China’s state-run Xinhua News agency reported at the time.

Just over a month later, Xi gave a speech to leaders and officers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at a Beijing hotel, where he reminded members of the armed forces to prepare for a possible war amid rising tensions with the United States and Taiwan. 

The CCP’s ‘new era’ of the military 

During his remarks, Xi praised the “new era” of the military, referring to a supposedly renewed and developed army in technology and armaments. And at the same time he advised his soldiers that they should train harder and “fear neither hardship nor death and concentrate to enter real combat conditions,” according to Newsweek.

Evidently the CCP with its public messages intends to impose an image of power and transmit fear to its enemies and allies. It will be up to the international community to get organized and put a stop to the CCP’s overbearing measures, both in its political/strategic actions and in the face of a possible threat of a real armed conflict.