China’s President Xi Jinping has told the armed forces they should be ready for unexpected crisis and war.
He was meeting with the military top brass in Beijing on Friday.
He said, the world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, adding, China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development.
He said the Chinese military should enhance awareness of danger and crisis.
It is effectively being seen as Xi’s first order to the military in 2019.
Xi’s orders came against the background of continuing maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea and growing tension with the U.S.
He said, the entire armed forces should have a correct understanding of China’s security and development trends and make solid efforts on combat preparations.
He said, various risks and challenges were on the rise.