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PLA not listening to President Xi?

PLA not listening to President Xi?
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All PLA forces should follow the instructions of President Xi and update their operations to meet new goals and missions set by the CMC, an official statement said.

A Chinese and Indian soldiers at the borderBeijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday demanded "absolute loyalty" from PLA's top brass, asking them to repose "firm faith" in the ruling Communist Party, guarantee a smooth chain of command and make sure all decisions are implemented.


"Headquarters of PLA forces must have absolute loyalty and firm faith in the Communist Party of China, guarantee a smooth chain of command and make sure all decisions from the central leadership are fully implemented," said Xi, chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

"Headquarters of all People's Liberation Army (PLA) forces should improve their combat readiness and sharpen their ability to win a regional war in the age of information technology," Xi, who returned from India last week after a three-day visit, was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

All PLA forces should follow the instructions of President Xi and update their operations to meet new goals and missions set by the CMC, an official statement said. It is not yet clear why the emphasis was made on absolute loyalty and to follow the orders to ensure smooth chain of command.

Xi's directives come in the midst of a standoff between the PLA and Indian troops in Chumar area in Ladakh region along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The standoff took a new turn on Monday with the PLA pitching seven tents well within the Indian territory and showing no signs of withdrawing from the territory.

Xi, 61, acquired the image of China's most powerful leader after Deng Xiaoping, who succeeded Mao, as he headed the Presidency, the CPC and the military from day one of coming to power unlike his predecessor Hu Jintao. Since then, Xi has reshuffled the military postings of the generals loyal to him at the top and removed and prosecuted some top PLA generals for corruption.

General Fang Fenghui, PLA chief, said in a statement that all PLA forces follow the instructions of President Xi who is also the chairman of the CMC, which is the overall high command of the Chinese military. Fang said the forces should update their operations to meet new goals and missions set by the CMC. Meanwhile, the PLA chiefs of staff met in Beijing to discuss how to improve the efficiency of military command under new circumstances. Fang attended the meeting.

Guj govt maps treat Arunachal as disputed territory
New Delhi: The Congress has come out a stinging criticism of the slipshod manner in which PM Narendra Modi and his home state Gujarat have treated the boundary dispute with China. “ The incursion of Chinese troops in the Indian side when their President Xi Jinping was being hosted by the prime minister in his home state, amounts to a slap on our face,” said party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi. “Now the difference between his words and deeds is showing.”

He also released a set of documents purported to be a set of maps of India that had been enclosed by the Gujarat additional chief secretary D J Pandian on the occasion of signing a bilateral agreement with the China for development of Gujarat as a sister province of Guangdong, and Guangzhou as a sister city for Ahmedabad.”

These maps show Akasi Chin as part of China, and Arunachal as well as some parts of J&K as disputed territory. This happened on September 17, and since then we have awaiting some corrective action on the part of the Modi government, but it has been thoroughly disappointing,” he said.

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