Chinese President Xi Jinping told the country’s army in November of last year to be ready for war as the country faces an increasingly unstable and uncertain security situation.
Xi Jinping Instructs Chinese Army to Conserve Energy on Fighting A War Amid Uncertain Times
Being the chairman of the Central Military Commission in China, President Xi Jinping made the remarks while visiting the commission’s joint operation command center on Nov. 8, 2022.
According to a published post by Benzinga, Xi reportedly stated that the task of military struggle is arduous and heavy. He added that the entire military must focus on combat ability as the fundamental and only criterion, concentrate all energy on fighting a war, direct all work towards warfare, and speed up to build the ability to win.
The visit was focused on the commission’s joint operation command center coming at a time of increased tension at the Taiwan Strait. Since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit on Aug. 2, 2022, Chinese warplane incursions into sensitive areas near Taiwan had risen to the highest level.
A War Amid Uncertain Times: China President Xi Jinping Tells Army to Prepare
The Chinese president’s mouthpiece lashed out at the U.K. after a British minister’s office confirmed that he would be visiting Taipei in November for trade talks, saying it must stop any form of official exchanges with Taiwan, where Beijing claims sovereignty.
Xi was always positive about his actions on Taiwan and has often reiterated his proposal of peaceful “reunification” with the self-governing island nation. He also stated that Taiwan could have its own social system different from the mainland.
Upon this predicament, President Joe Biden has previously promised to intervene militarily to defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack.