Reserve officers and soldiers with an
artillery division of the Hebei Provincial Military Command take part in
live ammunition training in the Huangyangtan Shooting Range in Hebei
Province.[Wu Zhiyi/China Daily] Slideshow: PLA's 80th
The People's Liberation Army will have zero tolerance toward "Taiwan
independence" moves, Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan said yesterday.
"We will absolutely not allow Taiwan to secede from China under any pretext
or in any
Cao said at a grand reception marking the 80th anniversary of the founding of
the Chinese army.
The PLA is ready, capable and resolute enough to stop any activity that could
lead to Taiwan "independence" in order to safeguard national sovereignty and
territorial integrity, he added.
"The army will continue to make the utmost effort in promoting peaceful
development of relations across the Taiwan Straits and strive for the prospect
of peaceful reunification," said the defense minister.
"Peaceful development across the Taiwan Straits is in the interest of not
only Taiwan people and Chinese mainlanders, but also the international
He also noted that the army should modernize and "informatize" further.
"With the world becoming more and more interdependent and with the increase
in non-traditional security threats, we face new opportunities and challenges to
maintain world peace and development," said Cao.
He reiterated that the PLA is an army of the people under the leadership of
the Communist Party of China (CPC).
absolute leadership of the CPC guarantees that the military will take the right
course," he said.
Cao urged the armed forces to continue their efforts in social development by
participating in natural disaster rescue operations, building a socialist
countryside, developing the western regions and helping other key national
"China's military will further strengthen cooperation and exchanges with
foreign counterparts on the basis of equality, mutual respect and benefit," Cao
said at the reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, which was also
attended by military attachs from embassies in Beijing.
Xinhua contributed to the story