Why India should not take China’s ‘war cry’ lightly

It is rather unusual to wish your countrymen (and your neighbours) with a war cry. It is what Chinese President Xi Jinping, also the Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), did on January 4, during a meeting.

He ordered the Chinese armed forces to enhance their combat readiness and be prepared for a war. He urged the armed forces to resolutely safeguard China’s national sovereignty and withstand complex situations and severe struggles:

“The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century,” he asserted.

The Chinese armed forces are expected to speed up their preparation in view of a series of landmark anniversaries in 2019, particularly the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic; the 1989 massacre of Tiananmen Square will, of course, be omitted from the ‘celebrations’.  Read More

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