‘Do Not Fear Death’: China’s Xi Orders Soldiers

China’s President Xi Jinping told his soldiers to train harder and fear neither hardship nor death in order to win wars, state media reported Wednesday.

In an address to the Central Military Commission, which he chairs, Xi ordered military officers and soldiers to focus on preparing for war “under real combat conditions,” Xinhua News Agency said.

Speaking at the Jingxi Hotel in Beijing, the Communist Party chairman called for his armed forces to strengthen training and sharpen their joint operations capabilities as the People’s Liberation Army enters a “new era.” He stressed the importance of technological integration as well as science and technology literacy at all levels of the military.

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President Xi ordered troops to maintain from start to finish the tenacious fighting spirit of “do not fear hardship and do not fear death,” Xinhua said.