Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on troops to “put all (their) minds and energy on preparing for war” in a visit to a military base in the southern province of Guangdong on Tuesday, according to state news agency Xinhua.
During an inspection of the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps in Chaozhou City, Xinhua said Xi told the soldiers to “maintain a state of high alert” and called on them to be “absolutely loyal, absolutely pure, and absolutely reliable.”
Xi’s remarks came the day after the White House said it will sell three advanced weapons systems to Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of the People’s Republic of China.
Washington-Beijing tensions have also flared since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, believed to have originated in Wuhan.
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