Top China general orders navy to speed up training and technical upgrade
BEIJING (AP) - A top Chinese commander has ordered the country's rapidly growing navy to accelerate training and technical upgrades to boost its war-fighting readiness as it faces a "complicated and difficult" security environment.
Gen Fan Changlong was quoted on Friday as saying the navy needs to respond immediately to threats and be capable of fighting and winning under modern conditions. Naval capabilities were vital to safeguarding China's sovereignty, security and development interests, he said.
"Focus on responding to the complicated and difficult situation, grasp hold of the outstanding problems and points of weakness, accelerate advancing all forms of preparation for fighting at sea," he said.
The official Xinhua News Agency said Gen Fan made the remarks on Thursday during an inspection tour of a navy unit in Guangdong province, which lies on the disputed South China Sea.