Will turn China’s military into ‘great wall of steel’, Xi says

BEIJING (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping vowed on Monday to turn China’s military into a “great wall of steel” to protect its sovereignty and development interests as he seeks a greater role for Beijing in affairs. world, a few days after having negotiated a relaxation Saudi Arabia-Iran, considered as a diplomatic coup.
Speaking for the first time since parliament approved his unprecedented third term as head of state last week, Xi called on the nation to uphold the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership, which he leads. “This is the third time I have assumed the high office of president,” Xi, 69, said at the closing ceremony of China’s national legislature, adding that “the people’s trust is the greatest driving force for me to move forward, and it is also a heavy responsibility on my shoulders”.
He promised that he would “faithfully perform the duties entrusted by the Constitution” and “never let down the great trust” of all Chinese people. “Security is the foundation of development, while stability is a prerequisite for prosperity,” Xi said.
Xi also called for efforts to push forward the modernization of China’s defense forces and build the people’s armed forces into a “Great Wall of Steel” that can effectively safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.
Xi’s reference to the Great Wall was significant because the gigantic structure, with a total length of more than 20,000 km, was built over the centuries by the emperors of China to protect their territory. It also came amid rising tensions between China and the United States and some neighboring countries. Xi is considered the “central leader” of the party, as is party founder Mao Zedong.
In his speech at the closing ceremony of the NPC, attended by about 3,000 lawmakers, Xi said China will play an active role in reforming and developing the global governance system to advance the implementation of its initiatives – the Global Development Initiative (GDI) and the Global Development Initiative (GDI). Security Initiative (GSI), which aims to expand Beijing’s diplomatic role around the world.


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