BEIJING -- Chinese President Hu Jintao stressed here Wednesday 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, also general secretary of the
Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central
Military Commission (CMC).
Hu made the remarks in his speech delivered here at the grand rally held to
celebrate the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the People's Liberation Army
On August 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.
This year, a series of official programs are held nationwide to celebrate the
80th anniversary of the army's Day, including the grand rally opened at 10:00
a.m. Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People.