Building-up Great Wall of Steel, Escorting Great Rejuvenation of Chinese Nation
——on celebrating the 94th anniversary of the PLA

The year 2021 is quite an eventful one for the Chinese people. On March 4th, China convened the annual two sessions, namely the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, having adopted the 14th Five-Year Plan. On July 1st, China celebrated the centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), having realized the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. And on August 1st, China will celebrate the 94th birthday of the PLA.

Looking back on the glorious journey, since its founding, the CPC has rallied and led the Chinese people to establish the People's Republic of China and the socialist system, carry out reform and opening up, embark on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and complete the process of industrialization in a few decades that took the West hundreds of years. Under the strong leadership of the CPC, the industrious and courageous Chinese people have made great achievements in building socialism with Chinese characteristics, creating miracles one after another that attracts worldwide attention, and bringing about profound changes to both China's image and people's lives.

Following the Party's 18th National Congress, under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, socialism with Chinese characteristics entered into a new era. We have won the 3 critical battles against major risks, poverty and pollution, secured strategic success in coordinating COVID-19 prevention and control with economic development, and made historic progress in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. With all that, the Chinese nation has achieved the tremendous transformation from standing up and growing prosperous to becoming strong. Having fulfilled the first centenary goal, we are now marching in confident strides toward the second centenary goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects, looking ahead to the bright prospects for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

94 years ago, with the first shot of the Nanchang Uprising, a people's military under the CPC leadership was born and ever since has served as a strong guarantee for the independent liberation and great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. No matter in times of war or peace, the PLA has made indelible achievements on behalf of the Party and the people. It has forged a great wall of steel for defending national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity as well as a strong pillar for safeguarding our socialist country and preserving national dignity.

China follows a national defense policy that is defensive in nature and China's military development poses no threat to any other country. China will never seek hegemony, expansion or sphere of influence. Pursuing a path of peaceful development, China has always worked to safeguard world peace, contribute to global development, and preserve international order. Guided by the new concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security,China is committed to resolving disputes through dialogue and differences through consultation, achieving universal and common security, and building a human community with a shared future.

At present, through adjustment and reform, China's military has marked a key step toward building a strong military and presenting a new look to the world. On the journey ahead, the PLA will fully implement the Party's thinking on strengthening the military in the new era as well as the military strategy for the new era, maintain the Party's absolute leadership over the people's armed forces, and follow the path to military development with Chinese characteristics. We will take comprehensive measures to enhance the political loyalty of the armed forces, to strengthen them through reform and technology and the training of competent personnel, and to run them in accordance with the law. We will elevate our people's armed forces to world-class standards so that we are equipped with greater capacity and more reliable means for safeguarding our national sovereignty, security, and development interests.

China has actively developed constructive military relations with other countries and worked to build a new type of security partnership featuring equality, mutual trust and win-win cooperation. Under the guidance of high-level exchanges, China's military is committed to fostering a new pattern of all-dimensional international military cooperation while seeking peace and stability. Now, the Chinese military is carrying out exchanges with over 150 countries with ever-upgrading defense cooperation and strengthening strategic mutual trust, which is of major significance to maintaining global strategic stability.

China actively upholds the international order with the UN at its core and firmly safeguards multilateralism. China is the largest contributor of peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and it is the second largest contributor to the UN's peacekeeing assessment. With continuous development, China's military has been stepping up its participation in international peacekeeping, anti-terrorism and escort missions, as well as disaster relief and humanitarian operations. Shouldering more international obligations and responsibilities, China has made positive contribution to world peace, stability and prosperity. Facts have proven that China's development of military strength poses no threat to the world. Rather, it is making the world even more peaceful and safer.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, firmly implementing President Xi Jinping's solomn pledge to make China's COVID-19 vaccine a global public good, China's military has carried out active international cooperation against the disease while maintaining effective epidemic control at home. With the approval of the Central Military Commission, the PLA has provided vaccines and assistance supplies to militaries of Asian, East European, African, and Latin American countries. By providing public security products to the international community, China's armed forces have promoted the building of a global community of health and demonstrated its responsibility as a major country's military with concrete actions.

On the journey ahead, the PLA will continue to fully implement Xi Jinping thought on Strengthening the Military as well as military strategies in the new era, adhere to the Party's absolute leadership, so as to make more notable and substantive progress to the expectations of our times!

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