PLA Military Mission in 2020, safeguard national sovereignty, security and development
The Chinese military will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests and continue to deepen exchanges with foreign militaries this year, a national defense official said at the 2020 New Year Reception held in Beijing on Friday.
The reception was hosted by China’s Ministry of National Defense to celebrate the approaching Chinese New Year, which will arrive next Saturday. Nearly 260 military attaches to China and their spouses from more than 80 countries attended the event.
Major General Ci Guowei, director of the Office for International Military Cooperation at the Central Military Commission, said the People’s Liberation Army has advanced military reforms and innovation and delivered solid work in 2019.
In the past year, the PLA has been a builder of world peace, contributed to world development and maintained the international order to achieve common security. It has held high the banners of peace, development and cooperation to push forward the construction of a community of shared future for mankind, he said.
He added attaches to China have served as bridges and made active efforts in strengthening bilateral military ties in 2019.
Ci said in the new year the Chinese military will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, and comprehensively promote international military cooperation.
“We will continue to deepen exchanges and cooperation with foreign militaries and actively respond to risks and challenges to maintain peaceful development,” he said.
Speaking on the New Year on China’s national defense and military reforms, President Xi Jinping stressed China’s efforts in pushing forward reforms in national defense and military systems in 2019.
A grand military parade was held in Beijing on National Day on October 1 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) he recalled.
He meanwhile highlighted the 70th anniversary celebrations for the establishment of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and the PLA Air Force.
Also in the past year, China hosted the 7th Military World Games, and the country’s first self-developed aircraft carrier was commissioned.
“The people’s army will always serve as a great wall of steel that guards our country,” Xi stressed.