BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Wednesday
that the combat capabilities of the armed forces should be strengthened through
scientific and technological progress, especially through the introduction of
At a meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese
People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the Great Hall of the People, Hu said, "Reform
and innovation provide the engine of growth for the armed forces, and we must
promote innovation in military theories, technologies, organization and
management. Modernization of weapons and equipment should be accelerated and
personnel training enhanced."
"To continue to implement the strategy of strengthening the military
through science and technology," Hu said, "we will take mechanization as the
foundation and the application of information technologies as the driving force
and ensure that our armed forces are capable of winning warfare in the
Hu said the PLA have to join the worldwide trend of revolution in military
"It is an inevitable choice for us in enhancing the armed forces'
capabilities to respond to multiple security threats, complete diversified
military tasks and effectively fulfill PLA's historical mission," he said.
"It is the only way for us to gradually narrow the gap in military
technologies and achieve modernization of our armed forces," he added.