The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue 4

The Big Story: Xi’s Jiangxi Tour

President Xi Jinping toured east China’s Jiangxi province this week. This was his first domestic tour since the escalation of trade war with the United States. Jiangxi is where China’s Red Army started its Long March in 1934. President Xi’s choice of destination, as per the South China Morning Post, is to evoke a spirit of endurance and rally public opinion behind the regime, amid rising tensions over trade war with Washington.

Highlights of Xi’s tour:

– Visit to Army Infantry College

On May 21st, President Xi visited Army Infantry College of the PLA in east China’s Jiangxi province. Since the 18th National Party Congress (NPC) of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which happened in 2012, Xi has repeatedly visited military colleges and universities in different parts of the country. During the current visit, Xi stressed on the implementation of a strong military ideology and urged teachers to develop scientific rigor for strengthening military academies across China. He insisted on improving the level of military education in these institutions, which would help in developing talent for the future. Xi stressed on strengthening the top level design of these institutions, in order to develop long term planning, scientific target map and blueprint for future.

According to Xi,

“We must persist in changing and moving together, boldly emancipate our minds, strengthen practical exploration, accelerate the innovation of the school-running model and operational mechanism, and promote the realization of high-quality development.”

The PLA Army Infantry Academy is a higher education institution that trains new army infantry’s primary commanding officers. It is located in Jiangxi’s capital Nanchang.

– A new Long March

Xi also visited Yudu County in Ganzhou city in Jiangxi. This is the place where the Red Army’s Long March began in 1934. President Xi presented a floral tribute to the Long March Memorial Monument. In his speech, Xi said that it was important to gain strength from the Long March to overcome difficulties and obstacles.

“Today, a vibrant and hopeful socialist China stands in the East of the world and ushers in the bright future of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Although there are still some mountains in front that need to be overtaken, there are still one shoal waiting for a trek, but looking back at history and facing the future, we have both a fierce and fierce and sturdy spirit, and a firm and heroic going forward from the beginning”, said Xi at the memorial hall.

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