President Xi keeps the military card close at hand.
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Xi Jinping calls on navy to be prepared for struggle
President inspects South Sea fleet and makes rallying call in latest display of military strength amid territorial disputes
By Teddy Ng
Source – South China Morning Post, published Friday, April 12, 2013
President Xi Jinping shakes hands with helicopter pilots in Sanya, Hainan province. Photo: Xinhua
President Xi Jinping inspected the navy’s South Sea fleet in Sanya in the latest display of his consolidation of power over the army and China’s military strength.
Xi urged soldiers to be better prepared for military struggle in the inspection on Tuesday, which was only reported by state and military media yesterday.
The visit came one day after Xi made an unprecedented visit to fishermen who spend most of their working lives in disputed waters in the South China Sea – a move seen as sending a message to China’s neighbours involved in territorial disputes.
State-run CCTV reported yesterday that Xi paraded in an open-roof car and inspected vessels of the South China Sea fleet.
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