China to "gradually" increase defense budget
gradually increase input in national defense as the economy grows, and continue
to modernize national defense and the armed forces in a way that serves the
interests of our national security and development," Hu said at the rally.
Chinese legislature approved in March the national defense budget for 2007
fiscal year, which reached US$44.94 billion, with an annual increase of 17.8
He said, the modernization of national defense and armed forces "is the
historical mission of the PLA and the common cause of the Chinese people of all
"Economic growth is the basis for enhancing defense capabilities, which is in
turn an important indicator of the overall national strength," Hu said.
The President stressed that while adhering to the defensive nature of the
country's military buildup, China must build a "slim but strong" armed forces by
striking a sound balance between speed, quality and efficiency in the
modernization drive of the country's 2.3 million-member troops.
"The world is experiencing profound transformation, China should be alert to
potential risks," he said. "The international situation is generally stable, but
the world is not all peaceful."
"We must endeavor to achieve sound and fast modernization of national defense
and armed forces." he said, "In the new century and new stage, modernization of
defense and military capabilities must be integrated into the country's overall
modernization strategy and serve the interests of national security and
PLA's loyalty to CPC of paramount importance
Hu also stressed the loyalty of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to the
Communist Party of China (CPC).
"To follow the CPC's command is the overriding political requirement that the
Party and Chinese people have placed on the PLA and is the unshakable and
fundamental principle for the PLA," said Hu.
On Aug. 1, 1927, CPC-led armed forces held an uprising in Nanchang, now
capital of east China's Jiangxi Province, which is regarded as the founding day
for the PLA.
"In these 80 years, the PLA has fostered its fine revolutionary traditions,"
he said, stressing "the traditions, in essence, mean that the PLA is forever at
the CPC's command and the service of the people and should be courageous and
skillful at war fighting."
"The noble spirit that the PLA has nurtured over the years is to adhere to
the absolute leadership of the Party," he said.
"Only by putting itself under the CPC leadership has the PLA been able to
stay on the right course politically and maintained its strong cohesion and
combat effectiveness as well as its vigor and vitality, " he said.
Improving national defense mobilization system
China should improve its national defense mobilization system, Hu said
at the grand rally.
"We must have the participation of the whole people in strengthening national
defense," Hu said.
A nation-wide education on national defense should be carried out in a
bid to foster an atmosphere in which everybody supports and participates in the
development of national defense, he said.
"We must carry forward the fine tradition of relying on the people to enhance
military capabilities and strengthen national defense," he said.
Closer relations between the army and the government and between the army and
the people should be built, according to Hu.
Hu made the remarks at the grand rally to mark the 80th anniversary of the
founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and to honor the heroes
and model servicemen of the PLA.