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UPDATED: 09:32, September 21, 2004
Hu's takeover "natural and convincing": Jiang
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Photo:Jiang Zemin, former chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China, delivers an important speech at an enlarged meeting of the CPC Central Military Commission (CMC) held in Beijing Sept. 20, 2004.
Jiang Zemin, former chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China, delivers an important speech at an enlarged meeting of the CPC Central Military Commission (CMC) held in Beijing Sept. 20, 2004.
Jiang Zemin, who just handed over his post as military chief of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to Hu Jintao Sunday, expressed his strong support to Hu's succession Monday in Beijing, urging all to "resolutely support" Hu's work.

"Comrade Jintao is the general secretary of the Party and president of the state, so it's natural and convincing for him to take over as the chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC)," said Jiang, 78, while he and Hu attended an enlarged meeting of the CMC held in Beijing Monday morning.

"I'm convinced that the Party Central Committee had made a correct decision in choosing Comrade Jintao to take over as the CMC chairman," said Jiang. "All of you must advocate the Party Central Committee's decision and resolutely support his (Hu's) work."

Jiang praised the 61-year-old Hu as a "young and energetic" leader with "rich leading experience" and "excellent qualifications".

"Since he started to serve as CMC vice-chairman in 1999, he was directly involved in the making of a series of major decisions regarding army building," said Jiang.

"Comrade Jintao is absolutely qualified to be the CMC chairman," he stressed.

He explained that for a large party like the CPC and a large country like China, "it is not only necessary, but also the most appropriate option to adopt a three-in-one leadership system under which Party general secretary, state president and CMC chairman is the same person".

"To hand over this three-in-one duty to Comrade Jintao is conducive to the long-term development of the cause of the Party and the military, to the stability and prosperity of the country in the long run, as well as to the upholding of the fundamental principle and system of the Party's absolute leadership over the military," Jiang noted.

Stating that "the top leadership of our Party, state and military has completely and smoothly realized an old-to-new transfer and transition", Jiang said: "Now I have accomplished my historical mission and fulfilled my historical duty."

"I'm very pleased to see that the cause of the Party, state and military has had a good successor," he added.

Jiang also reviewed his work as the Party military chief in the past 15 years since 1989. "When Comrade (Deng) Xiaoping handed over the post of CMC chairman to me, I really felt that an extremely heavy burden had been put on my shoulders," he recalled.

"Over the past 15 years, I had tried my best to live up to the trust of Comrade Xiaoping," said Jiang. "Day and night, I was always concerned about our country's sovereignty and security and our army's building and development."

"Though I'm retired now, my heart will always be linked with the military, with all officers and soldiers of the army, and with the comrades in the CMC," he said.

Photo:Senior members of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China take a group photo in Beijing Sept.20, 2004. Former chairman of the CMC Jiang Zemin, and new Party military chief Hu Jintao both presented themselves.
Senior members of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China take a group photo in Beijing Sept.20, 2004. Former chairman of the CMC Jiang Zemin, and new Party military chief Hu Jintao both presented themselves.

Jiang urges Chinese military to follow Party orders, safeguard territorial integrity
Jiang Zemin, former chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China, expressed his hope Monday that Chinese military forces would always follow the Party's orders and well perform its duty of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"I'm very glad to come here to join you today," said Jiang, 78, while he and Hu attended together an enlarged meeting of the CPC Central Military Commission (CMC) held in Beijing on Monday morning. "As a veteran communist, I would like to express some hope on all of you here."

"Firstly, I hope the military will always resolutely follow the Party's instructions and guidance, obey the orders from the Party and accept the Party's absolute leadership," said Jiang.

"Secondly, I hope the military will always preserve the political nature of the Red Army, ... to carry on our army's glorious tradition and fine style of work one generation after another," Jiang added.

He went on to express the hope that the Chinese military would try hard to "stand in the front of the global tide of military development", and that the military would constantly "consolidate and develop a high level of (internal) solidarity and unity".

"Fifthly, I hope that military will earnestly fulfill its sacred mission of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity," said Jiang. "The realization of the reunification of the motherland is a major issue to which (the late) Chairman Mao (Zedong) and Comrade (Deng) Xiaoping had always paid great attention."

On the resolution of the Taiwan issue, Jiang said, "We shall try our best with utmost sincerity to realize the peaceful reunification, but we shall by no means make the commitment to forsake the use of force. This is a major political principle."

Jiang pointed out that the military must step up its preparations for the military struggle. "The better we are prepared for the military struggle, the more likely we are to gain a peaceful reunification in the future," he said.

He called on "all comrades of the military" to "bravely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity with resolution and faith", and to "make still greater contribution to the realization of the complete reunification of the motherland".

The 16th CPC Central Committee, at its Fourth Plenum which concluded here Sunday, accepted Jiang's resignation and approved Hu, 61, to take over as the new Party military chief.


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