In the latest sign of China’s profound transformation, President and Communist Party of China (CPC) Secretary-General Xi Jinping has urged the nation’s youth to “abandon illusions and dare to struggle” to safeguard national sovereignty, safety and development.
“At present, the world’s profound changes unseen in a century have accelerated while the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has entered a critical period,” Xi said on September 1 when addressing the opening of a training session for young and middle-aged officials at the Party School of the Central Committee, or the National School of Governance.
“The risks and challenges we will see have significantly increased. It is unrealistic to always expect a peaceful life without struggle,” Xi told the assembled youth in rhetoric some have interpreted as moving the nation onto a war footing.
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