China's army told to prepare to fight: state media
BEIJING (AFP) - China's armed forces have been instructed to raise their fighting ability in 2013, state media reported on Tuesday, amid heightened tensions with Japan over disputed islands.
In 2013, "the PLA and the Chinese People's Armed Police Force should focus closely on the objective of being able to fight and win a battle," according to a report in the overseas edition of the People's Daily newspaper, the Communist Party organ.
The directive came in a document released at the beginning of the year by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) General Staff on military training in 2013, said the report, republished from a website linked to a PLA newspaper.
To prepare for combat, the armed forces must also "vigorously strengthen real-combat-like military training" and intensify efforts to cultivate high-calibre military personnel, the report said.