China to improve military training to reach "combat standard"
Published on Mar 20, 2014 9:27 PM
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China will improve military training to reach "combat standard", state media said on Thursday, as President Xi Jinping steps up efforts to modernise the armed forces in the face of bubbling territorial disputes.
"The level of Chinese military training will be raised to actual combat standard to improve the army's capabilities," the official Xinhua news agency said, citing an order from the powerful Central Military Commission.
"Strengthening combat readiness should be viewed as a top priority," it added in a brief dispatch that gave no details.
The order came after Xi was appointed to a new role last weekend overseeing a group in charge of deepening military reform, adding to the list of bodies Xi is taking charge of in his rapid consolidation of power.
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