Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday told marines stationed at a coastal military base in eastern China that they should “focus on preparing to go to war.”
“[You should] focus your minds and energy on preparing to go to war, and stay highly vigilant,” Xi told the marines, according to state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).
Xi is both General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission.
He told the marines that they should aim to be a “multifunctional, rapid response, all-weather and region” fighting force.
“Marines have many different missions and the demands on you will vary,” Xi said.
“As such [you] should base your training on [the need to] go into battle … and raise [your] training standards and combat ability,” he instructed.
The Chinese leader spoke at a military base near the city of Shantou, located in eastern Guangdong province. Shantou is located