Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked his troops to prepare for war state news agency Xinhua reported today. Troops should maintain a state of high alert… Put all (your) minds and energy into preparing for war, Xinhua quoted Xi Jinping as saying.
Troops should be absolutely loyal, absolutely pure, and absolutely reliable, the Chinese President said during his visit to the Marine corps of PLA in Chaozhou City.
Beijing claims sovereignty over certain areas in the South China Sea, where Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, and Taiwan have made counterclaims.
The relation between Beijing and Washington, traditionally prickly, has escalated following the coronavirus outbreak and the open US support to Taiwan, which is trying to increase its influence in the Indo-Pacific area.