BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) must be bold in reform and adept in innovation while staying away from rigidity and stagnation at any time and under any circumstances.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at a grand rally marking the 90th founding anniversary of the PLA.
Over the past 90 years, the PLA has formed a set of principles on military building and management, developed strategies and tactics of people's war, and fostered special glorious traditions and fine conduct under the leadership of the CPC, which were hailed by Xi as the "magic weapon" for the PLA to claim one victory after another.
Xi said the armed forces must stick to the CPC's absolute leadership, which is their eternal soul and should be never discarded.
"The armed forces must follow the banner, the direction and the will of the Party at all times and under any circumstances," Xi noted.
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