China's army 'can defeat all invading enemies' - Jinping

Defence Minister Michael Fallon discussing Britain's role is Asia post-Brexit. AFP

Defence Minister Michael Fallon discussing Britain's role is Asia post-Brexit. AFP

Three J-20 jets led an echelon formation consisting of 15fighter aircraft which roared over the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region during the country's first-ever Army Day parade.The J-20 is China's indigenous fourth-generation medium and a long-range fighter jet.

A Communist Party "princeling" fond of deploying revolutionary lore and nationalistic rhetoric, Xi declared the PLA ready to defeat all "invading enemies" as he celebrated the 90th anniversary of the PLA's founding.

Yesterday, Xi issued another call for loyalty as he instructed his amassed 12,000 troops to "unswervingly stick to the fundamental principle and system of the party's absolute leadership over the army", the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

"The world under heaven is not at peace, and peace needs safeguarding", Xi said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping advised the military to transform itself into an elite force, on Sunday.

However, there was no direct reference to India or to the ongoing standoff in Doklam in Xi's speech but, his reference to "invading enemies" can be seen as a clear indication at what he was talking about. The Chinese army is the world's second largest with a defence budget of US' $152 billion.

On Sunday, Xi inspected troops, tanks, missile launchers and other military vehicles, from the back of a jeep, an event carried live on state television.

This year's August 1 anniversary will be held amid an over a month long standoff with India at Doklam in Sikkim section.

The parade showed to the world the power and capacity of the PLA, strengthened the PLA's determination to build a stronger force, raised the morale of PLA troops and will inspire the whole nation in the pursuit of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation, said Han.

China has been modernising its armed forces recently as its economy expands. The PLA is one of the rare national military organisations that continues to work under the CPC and not the government of the country. About 40 per cent of the military equipment in the parade was publicly displayed for the first time, according to Phoenix TV, a pro-Beijing media outlet.

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