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Xi Rattles Nerves Across Region by Urging Faster Weapons Development

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged faster development of advanced new military equipment to help build a strong army, state media reported, as the country steps up an ambitious modernisation plan that has rattled nerves across the region.

 

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Speaking at a two-day conference of the People’s Liberation Army, Mr Xi said that military reforms should be “guided by the objective of building a strong army”, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Thursday.

“Advanced weaponry is the embodiment of a modern army and a crucial support for national security and rejuvenation,” it cited Mr Xi as saying.

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