President Xi urges China to build strong defences on land and sea
President Xi Jinping has called on China to ‘build a strong and solid frontier defense network for both territorial land and water’ according to a report published on Xinhuanet.
The news agency also reports Xi as follows: “Xi said, upon mentioning frontier defense, one cannot help thinking China’s modern history when the country was so weak and destitute that it was for everyone to bully.
Foreign aggressors broke China’s land and sea defense for hundreds of times, plunging the Chinese nation into the abysm of calamity, Xi added, calling on the people not to forget the history of humiliation and to build a strong frontier.
Xi urged China’s frontier defenders to meticulously monitor over and control the frontier and to mount actions to defend the country’s maritime right, while implementing an overall national security outlook.
Furthermore, Xi called for efforts from both the military and civilian communities to strike a balance between frontier defense and economic development, staunchly safeguarding frontier security, stability and prosperity.”
China is currently in territorial disputes with Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in the South and East China Seas.