PLA’s commander at Galwan attends meet, footage of clash shown on giant screens

BEIJING: A Chinese military commander who was injured in a clash with Indian troops at Galwan Valley in 2020 on Sunday attended the twice-a-decade meeting of the ruling Communist Party as one of the 304 delegates from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). A clip of the Galwan clash was also played at the Great Hall of the People.
At the Communist Party of China (CPC) congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the Chinese military headed by him will intensify troop training and combat preparedness to fight and win besides creating a strong system of “strategic deterrence”. Xi said this while presenting his work report to the CPC, which began its week-long session on Sunday.
In the 63-page report, Xi, who also heads the Central Military Commission (CMC) – the overall high command of the two million-strong PLA – devoted a special section to the military titled ‘Achieving the Central Goal of the PLA and Further Modernising National Defence and Military’.
The plans outlined by him acquire significance for the Indian military forces considering the frictions at the Sino-Indian border, especially in eastern Ladakh since May 2020 triggered by offensive actions by the PLA that had strained bilateral ties.
Both sides resolved some of the issues through 16 rounds of talks and agreed to hold more talks to resolve the pending issues.
Though Xi did not mention a particular country when he referred to local wars and border issues, Chinese military commander Qi Fabao, who was injured in the Galwan Valley clash with Indian troops in June 2020, attended the CPC Congress.
Part of the video footage of the Galwan clash was played on the giant screens at the Great Hall of the People before the arrival of Xi and other leaders to attend it.
In his report, Xi said achieving the goals for the centenary of the PLA in 2027 and more quickly elevating China’s armed forces to world-class standards are strategic tasks for building a modern socialist country in all respects. “We will establish a strong system of strategic deterrence, increase the proportion of new domain forces with new combat capabilities, speed up the development of unmanned, intelligent combat capabilities and promote coordinated development and application of the network information system,” he said.
“We will improve the command system for joint operations and enhance our system and capacity for reconnaissance and early warning, joint strikes, battlefield support and integrated logistics support,” he said.
Xi said the PLA will intensify military training under combat conditions, laying emphasis on joint force-on-force training and high-tech training. Xi’s remarks also assume significance amid China’s rising military manoeuvring in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region.
The Chinese military also will improve national defence mobilisation capacity and development of reserve forces and will continue to “modernise our border, coastal and air defence”.

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