On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping saidthat China will never allow its sovereignty, security and development interests to be undermined, adding that the Chinese people are not to be trifled with.
In a speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, President Jinping said: Any act of unilateralism, monopolism and bullying would not work, and would only lead to a dead end.
“Let the world know that ‘the people of China are now organised, and are not to be trifled with,” Xi said, quoting Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China.
Xi Jinping also called for moves to expedite the modernisation of the country’s defence and armed forces.
He said: “Without a strong army, there can be no strong motherland.”
Xi was speaking on the 70th anniversary of the deployment of Chinese troops to the Korean peninsula to help North Korea fight US-led United Nations and South Korean forces during the 1950-53 war.