Comrades, today, we are holding a grand military parade at the training base in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
Nine decades ago, a gunshot heard from the city of Nanchang pronounced the birth of the new model of the people’s army led by the Communist Party of China. In the past nine decades, the PLA has held high the banner of the Party, while rooted firmly on the ground of the nation. In carrying the aspirations of the Chinese people, they have fought bravely and shed blood, marched forward, triumphed over all enemies, tackled all difficulties in order to advance the dignity, prosperity and strength of the Chinese people.
History has provided ample proof that the PLA is a heroic military force, loyal to the Party and loyal to the country. It is a military force that strives for the cause of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Our Party takes great pride in having such a heroic military force and all countrymen and women of all ethnicities in China take great pride in having such a heroic military force.
Comrades, being able to enjoy peace is a blessing for the people and it is the responsibility of the PLA to protect it. The world is not entirely a peaceful one and peace needs to be safeguarded. Today, we are closer than any other period in history to the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. And we need, more than any period in history, to build a strong military. We must fully implement the strong military philosophy as set forth by the Party, walk unswervingly on the path of building with Chinese characteristics the strong military, and strive toward the Party’s strong military goal under the new circumstances, and build our heroic military force into a world-class one.
All comrades, commanders and soldiers of the PLA! You should unswervingly follow the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China, listen to the directions set by the Party and follow its command. Wherever the Party points, you shall go to battle.
All commanders and soldiers of the PLA! You should always follow the basic principle of serving the people whole-heartedly, forever standing with the people, keeping the people in your minds and hearts. And be an army of the people, and for the people.
All commanders and soldiers of the PLA! You should see your capacity for combat as the sole standard for self-measurement, focus on combat readiness, and build yourself into an elite force that is ready for action and victory at all times.
All commanders and soldiers of the PLA! You should carry out unswervingly the building of a solid political foundation of the military, military reforms, technological development, and law-based administration in order to comprehensively modernize our national defense and military.
I firmly believe that our heroic military has both the confidence and capability to defeat all intruders, that our military has the confidence and capability to safeguard our national sovereignty, security and development interests, that our military has the confidence and capability to write a new chapter in the building of a strong military, and make new and greater contributions toward the realization of the Two Centenary Goals, the China Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and safeguarding world peace.