China’s National Defence & Security in the Time of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has strongly hit every aspect of life world wide, and the defence sector was no exception. China was the first country to receive the strike, yet it has made sure to secure its national defence while keeping control of the epidemic situation.

Chinese president Xi Jinping addressed China's national defence and security yesterday at a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People's Liberation Army and People's Armed Police Force, at the third session of the 13th National People's Congress, China's top legislature. 

Xi stressed the importance of "strengthening national defence and armed forces for 2020, while maintaining effective epidemic control on a regular basis," as China's State media CCTV reported.

The Chinese president urged the military to better strengthen training, prepare for war, deal with various complex situations in a timely and effective manner, resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security, development interests, and safeguard the overall strategic stability of the country.  In order to achieve that, the country needs to adapt its drills and exercises to the existing restrictions caused by the pandemic, said Xi.

In this address, Xi invited the military to form its 14th Five-Year-Plan for the construction of the army, and to support local economic and social development while performing military tasks.

China had already resumed its naval drills after a long period of hold caused by the pandemic. Tension has been building on the borders with India as China has placed 5,000 troops and armoured vehicles within its side of the disputed border in the Ladakh region, which caused India to deploy troops on its side as well; this led clashes between the Chinese and Indian troops over the past month.

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