Xi: Ready for bloody battle, won't cede an inch of Chinese territory

China ready to fight 'bloody battles with enemies, take its due place in the world', says Xi

China ready to fight 'bloody battles with enemies, take its due place in the world', says Xi

Speaking at the National People's Congress, the Chinese parliament, Xi did not identify enemies.

Xi's plan to build a "world-class" military by mid-century has also raised concerns about how it plans to use its increasingly modern forces amid regional frictions over Beijng's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The Chinese people have been aware since ancient times that "we cannot sit idle and enjoy the fruits of others' work and happiness can only be achieved through great endeavour", he said.

China will not concede "a single inch of land" and guard its sovereignty, Chinese President Xi Jinping who was re-elected for second five-year term with prospects of continuing as leader for life asserted today. That authority is central to Xi's vision of a confident, rising China with him at the helm to tackle thorny challenges that include slowing growth, risky excessive borrowing, a possible trade war, tensions with rival Taiwan and other challenges.

"There is not that level of personal, emotional engagement", Brown said at a lecture in Beijing while comparing Xi's charisma with Mao recently.

Xi did not specify whether the remark was limited to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other regions of China fighting to liberate themselves from the Communist Party, including Xinjiang on the nation's western border and Tibet, home to a thriving Buddhist opposition.

On March 11, the rubber-stamp Chinese legislature passed a historic constitutional amendment formally removing term limits to enable President Xi to stay on as the Chinese president beyond 2023.

"Any actions and tricks to split China are doomed to failure and will meet with the people's condemnation and the punishment of history", he added, to loud applause.

Now that he has made it possible to be president-for-life, Xi seems determined to bring Taiwan under Beijing's control during his time in office, something that would place him in the history books alongside Mao Zedong, said Willy Lam, an expert in Chinese politics at the Chinese University in Hong Kong.

But he also sought to address concerns about ambitious Chinese development projects overseas, saying they "will not pose a threat to any country". "Only those who're given to threatening other people will perceive other people as a threat".

Mr Li said China would further open up its economy and "ensure that both domestic and foreign firms" were "able to compete on fair terms in China's large market". CCTV now has more than 70 bureaux overseas, while China Radio International broadcasts in more than 60 languages.

He said China will contribute more Chinese wisdom, Chinese solutions and Chinese strength to the world, to push for building an open, inclusive, clean, and handsome world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity.

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