New Delhi: Two days after the seventh round of Corps Commander level meeting between India and China to resolve border tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his soldiers, “We must put all our minds and energy on preparing for war.” Also Read - Intel Alert: China Occupying Nepal's Territory at 7 Bordering Districts

According to reports, Xi made these remarks while visiting a Marine Corps base in the Guangdong province, where he made his speech. Also Read - India to Operate First Vande Bharat Mission Flight to Wuhan on Oct 30

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The Chinese president emphasised that it is necessary to uphold the party’s absolute leadership over the military, strengthen the party’s innovative theoretical arms, and pay close attention to comprehensively and strictly govern the party and the military.

“Ensure that the troops are absolutely loyal, absolutely pure, and absolutely reliable,” Xi told the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops.

“It is necessary to carry forward the fine traditions, carry on the red gene, build the unique military culture of the Marine Corps, cultivate a fighting spirit that is not afraid of hardship and death, and bring the troops to life,” he added.

Insisting combat training for a war-like situation, Xi noted that the Marine Corps performs diverse tasks and requires multiple capabilities.

“It is necessary to persist in leading training by combat, strengthen task traction, strengthen targeted and confrontational training, and beat and exercise the troops hard and severely,” he said.

He added that it is necessary to promote innovations in combat theory, training models, and task organisation to improve training levels and actual combat capabilities.

Xi said it is necessary to strengthen the integration of subordinate combat forces, combat units, and combat elements, strengthen coordination with other services, straighten out related command and support relationships, and deeply integrate into the joint combat system.

(With IANS inputs)