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China’s Xi calls for new progress in military equipment, weapons

People look at a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping
People look at a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping reviewing a military parade at the Museum of the Communist Party of China that was opened ahead of the 100th founding anniversary of the Party in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping called for efforts to “break new ground” in military equipment and weapons development for the People’s Liberation Army, China’s armed forces, according to a report from the official Xinhua media on Tuesday.

Xi, who is also chair of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), made the comments at a conference in Beijing, according to the report.

China’s strategic capabilities had been enhanced by “leapfrog development” in military equipment and weapons, said Xi.

Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of the CMC, also said that China should pursue self-reliance in technology and make an “all-out” push to accelerate modernisation and build a “world-class” army, according to the report.

(Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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