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China’s Xi urges preparedness for military combat amid coronavirus epidemic – state TV

A screen shows a video footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping gesturing during the military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People’s Republic of China on October 1, 2019, at the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing, China May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

BEIJING – President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday China would step up its preparedness for armed combat and improve its ability to carry out military tasks as the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on national security, state television reported.

China’s performance in fighting the new coronavirus has shown the success of military reform, Xi was quoted as saying, adding that the armed forces should explore new ways of training amid the pandemic.

Xi, who chairs China’s Central Military Commission, made the comments when attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army and People’s Armed Police Force on the sidelines of the annual session of parliament.


May 26, 2020

Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Gareth JonesOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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