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Xi orders PLA to intensify combat awareness


16:42, December 12, 2012

GUANGZHOU, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Xi Jinping has ordered the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to intensify its "real combat" awareness in order to sustain military readiness.

According to a press release issued by military authorities on Wednesday, Xi made the remarks during an inspection conducted from Dec. 8 to 10 at the PLA's Guangzhou military theater of operations, a term usually used during wartime to emphasize the coordination of forces in the air, land and sea.

By chairing the CPC Central Military Commission, Xi is also the commander-in-chief of China's armed forces, the largest in the world at 2.3 million enlisted personnel.

Xi asked PLA officers and non-commissioned officers to adopt real combat criteria in military training and intensify such awareness among soldiers.

Xi also reaffirmed the PLA's core task of improving its ability to wage regional wars in the information age and conduct diversified military operations.

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