President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, signed the commission’s first order for 2020 that listed priorities in the training of the People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police Force. The order requested the armed forces to stick to Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as their guiding principle and uphold Xi Jinping Thought on Strengthening the Military, as well as military strategies in the new era.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must enhance its troops’ combat preparedness, closely observe adversaries’ moves, exert all-out efforts to improve training and remain on high alert to ensure it is always ready for, and can win in, any possible war. Training must be focused on elements leading to victory, and thorough research must be done on operational goals, enemies and the combat environment, Xi has repeatedly stressed the importance of combat-readiness training and joint operation to the armed forces since he became the commander-in-chief.
The order required that units must concentrate on their missions and give more attention to emergency-response capabilities. They must also strive to foster the abilities to construct a favorable situation on the front line, control possible crises, and contain or win in a war. Training and exercises for joint operations must be priorities, it requested, adding that the military must strengthen the participation of civilians and new types of forces in systemic training. More exercises will be organized to examine and test units’ command, planning, fighting and logistical capabilities.