Presdident Xi Jinping had witnessed the parade of Chinese Army and lauded the army’s steps to resolve to protect the country’s sovereignty and defeat “all invasions” amid territorial disputes with its neighbours. He said “No one should expect us to swallow the bitter fruit that is harmful to our sovereignty, security or development interests,” He continued further “There are various means and choices to safeguard peace and security and prevent war, but military means should remain the final guarantee,” he said.
Though there was no direct reference to the Sikkim standoff, Xi urged the PLA to focus on war preparedness to forge an elite and powerful force that is always “ready for the fight, capable of combat and sure to win”.
Xi is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, also said that China would never allow “any people, organisation or political party to split any part of Chinese territory out of the country at any time, in any form.” He made this remark in front of the 2.3 million strong PLA which is the World’s largest standing army.
“The Chinese people love peace. We will never seek aggression or expansion, but we have the confidence to defeat all invasions,” Xi, said at the ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People which was also attended by Premier Li Keqiang and many top leaders of the ruling Communist Party. Xi had spoken earlier also where he quoted “I firmly believe that our gallant military has both confidence and ability to defeat all invading enemies”.
China is engaged in a number of maritime disputes with its neighbours like Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in the East and South China seas apart from engaged in border stand off with Bhutan, Tibet, India among others.