Chinese leader Xi Jinping called on top national security officials in his administration to analyze “worst-case scenarios” and prepare the country for a major test in an environment of “rough waves” and even “dangerous storms,” CNN reported. The station adds that the ruling People’s Republic of China Communist Party has recently increased its efforts to counter all internal and external threats.
“The complexity and difficulty of the national security issues we face have increased significantly,” he said Xi Jinping on Tuesday at a meeting of the party’s National Security Committee. “We must focus on the essentials and consider worst-case scenarios to prepare for major challenges and a great test in an environment of strong winds, rough waves and even dangerous storms,” the Chinese leader said.
CNN points out that China they face numerous challenges both internally and externally, ranging from economic problems to an increasingly hostile international environment.
Xi said that facing the “complex and serious” situation China now finds itself in, it must accelerate the modernization of its national security system and its capabilities, focusing on increasing its effectiveness in “real combat and practical application.”
He also stressed the need to continue building a system for monitoring threats to national security and an early warning system. Also raising the level of education in the field of national security and improving data security and artificial intelligence management.
Integration of development and security
CNN points out that since coming to power a decade ago, Xi Jinping has made national security “a key paradigm that pervades all other aspects of governance.” The station adds that the Chinese leader has extended the concept of national security to all spheres: from politics, economy and defense, through culture, ecology and cyberspace, from the sea depths and polar regions to space, from big data to artificial intelligence.
“Xi Jinping’s People’s Republic of China is national security and an increasing emphasis on better coordination of security and development, with the security side appearing to win over the economic side,” longtime China expert Bill Bishop wrote in the Sinocism newsletter, quoted by CNN .
At Tuesday’s meeting, Xi said China must proactively shape a “secure external environment” to better secure the country’s “opening” process, as well as “promote deep integration of development and security.”
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