China's Xi Jinping tells PLA Troops to 'Prepare For War'

  • China's Xi Jinping tells PLA Troops to 'Prepare For War'

China's Xi Jinping tells PLA Troops to 'Prepare For War'

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on his country's forces to "put all their thinking and energy into preparing for war", on a visit to a military base in the southern province of Guangdong, Tuesday, according to Xinhua.

He also told them to "maintain a state of high alert" and asked them to be absolute loyal and absolute reliable to their country.

Xi is set to deliver a speech in Guangdong on Wednesday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, a move that helped propel China's economy to become one of the largest in the world.

The US previously had revealed its intention to sell three advanced weapon systems to Taiwan, a self-governing which China claims to be part of its territory.

Tensions have risen between the US and China recently over improving relations between the USA and Taiwan, which Beijing has said in the past it would be willing to use force to get under control. United Sates Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently spoke about the Chinese transgression at the Indo-Chinese border, hinting that the Americans will side with India in the eventuality of a war with China.

Despite the Chinese government's disapproval, relations between Washington and Taipei have grown closer under the Trump administration.

China has also increased military drills around Taiwan, with nearly 40 Chinese warplanes crossing 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".

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. 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".