02 July, 2016
However, in order to assuage concerns over China's growing assertiveness in the region, Mr Xi, who was speaking in his capacity as party general secretary, also said: "China does not covet the rights and interests of other countries, nor is it jealous of other countries' development".
In his speech to mark the 95th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) yesterday, Mr Xi said: "No foreign country. should expect us to swallow the bitter pill of harm to our national sovereignty, security or development interests".
The ruling party must maintain absolute power in the country, strengthen its military and enhance its role on the world stage, Xi told serried ranks of top officials in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, to rapturous applause.
The Party chief said China pursues a military strategy of "active defense", with the strategic goal of building a strong military commensurate with China's global standing and interests in security and development. "We should comprehensively promote the military reform to create an army that will be disciplined and able to win", Xi stated.
Xi mentioned that the upgrading of China's armed forces is part of its policy of active defense and that Beijing has no plans to attack anyone.
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Xi took an apparent stab at the USA, saying: "We will not show up at other people's front doors to flex our muscles. That does not show strength or scare anyone", he said, according to AFP.
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The video also points out that "the red dragon ain't no evil, but a peaceful place", seemingly ignoring the heightened military tensions in the South China Sea as well as the government's decision to once again cut off relations with Taiwan.