Xi encourages PLA infantry students to bolster armed forces

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks while attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People's Liberation Army and People's Armed Police Force at the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China, March 9, 2021. (LI GANG / XINHUA)

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping has encouraged students from the Army Infantry Academy of the People's Liberation Army to contribute to the cause of strengthening China's armed forces. 

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Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks in a letter replying to all the students of the academy who are graduating this year. 

The Army Infantry Academy of the PLA will send off more than 1,100 graduates in 2022, 60 of whom excelled in national or PLA-wide competitions

Commending them on their earnest efforts in their studies and training as well as their excellent performances in all fields, the Chinese leader extended his congratulations to the cadets, who will graduate and begin their military careers. 

He commended their aspirations to make achievements in tough and remote regions, on the training and combat readiness frontlines, and in areas where they are needed most by the Party and the people. 

"I hope you can stay firm in your convictions, keep your feet firmly on the ground, complete comprehensive training, make dedicated efforts in the military, keep improving yourselves and make contributions to the cause of strengthening the armed forces.” 

Xi said he has attached great importance to education provided by military academies and the cultivation of military personnel. He gave instructions on improving work performances in educating cadets during a visit to the academy in May 2019. 

The academy will send off more than 1,100 graduates in 2022. All of them passed their final exams, with over 60 excelling in national or PLA-wide competitions. 

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The graduates recently wrote to Xi, reporting their performances in their studies and training, and expressing their determination to work in primary-level units and strive for stronger armed forces.