Be ready for action if needed, China's Xi tells troops

Chinese President Xi Jinping instructs troops to focus on 'preparing for war'

Chinese President Xi Jinping instructs troops to focus on 'preparing for war'

Chinese language President Xi Jinping advised troops to focus their "minds and power on getting ready for warfare" throughout a go to to a army base, in line with a report on Wednesday.

President Xi delivered the speech on Tuesday while inspecting the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Marine Corps in Chaozhou of Guangdong province. The SEZ helped play a pivotal role in helping propel China to become the second-largest economic power in the world.

But the military visit comes at a time when tensions between China and the United States remain at their highest levels in decades, as disputes over Taiwan and the coronavirus epidemic have created sharp divisions between Washington and Beijing.

China is vexed at Washington over its recent arms sales to Taiwan.

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The White House informed the US Congress on Monday that it plans to proceed with the sale of three advanced weapon systems to Taiwan, according to a congressional aide, including the High Mobility Artillery Missile System (HIMARS).

China insists self-governing Taiwan is a part of its territory, and Xi hasn't dominated out utilizing pressure towards the US-ally.

Last month, China released a propaganda video showing nuclear-capable bombers carrying out a simulated attack on what appears to be the US Andersen Air Force Base on the Pacific island of Guam.

Relations between the two sides further deteriorated when the U.S. sent its health chief to Taiwan, which marked the visit of the most high-profile government official to visit the country in nearly four decades. The country's authorities have developed protectionist measures that will circumvent the restrictions imposed by the administration of US President Donald Trump. Nearly 40 Chinese warplanes crossed the median line between the mainland and Taiwan on September 18-19 - one of several sorties the island's President Tsai Ing-wen called a "threat of force".

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