Power Play

Xi’s priority mission – get PLA ready to win a war over Taiwan

Multiple signs from the party congress point to China’s sharpened focus on gearing up for a clash with the United States over Taiwan.

Amphibious armoured vehicles under Chinese People's Liberation Army take part in an assault wave formation training exercise in Zhangzhou, China, on Aug 14, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - Buried in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s 33,000-plus-character political report at the Communist Party’s recently concluded congress is a command to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to be able to win a war over Taiwan.

Mr Xi called on the PLA – the party’s armed wing – to step up its modernisation and intensify training, in order to “shape our security posture, contain and control crises and conflicts, and win local wars”.

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