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Xi Jinping orders security chiefs to prepare for worst-case scenarios

Jun 1, 2023

China's national security leaders need to think about "worst-case scenarios" and prepare for a "stormy sea." This was stated by Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a meeting of the party's National Security Commission, CNN reports.

"The complexity and difficulty of the national security issues we are facing now have increased significantly. We must adopt a result-oriented and worst-case scenario mindset and be prepared to face serious challenges from strong winds and rough waves, and even dangerous, stormy seas," he said.

At the same time, Xi Jinping noted that China should accelerate the modernization of its national security system, forces, and means, and make them more effective in "real combat operations and practical application."

This is not the first statement from Beijing that contains strict definitions. For example, in mid-May, it became known that China would step up its preparations for war amid Taiwan's purchase of weapons from the United States. This was stated by Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Tan Kefei, commenting on Washington's intention to provide Taipei with $500 million worth of weapons.

"The PLA continues to strengthen its military training in preparation for war. We will decisively break the plans of separatists belonging to the so-called Taiwan independence movement, as well as attempts to interfere with external forces," he said.

According to him, the Chinese army "will firmly defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its country."

"We declare to the (ruling in Taiwan - ed.) Democratic Progressive Party and separatist forces that attempt to separate the island from mainland China with the help of American weapons will lead them to a dead end," he assured.

The Taiwan issue should be viewed as a red line in Sino-American relations, which in no

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 01/06/2023

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