China Focus: President Xi reviews navy in South China Sea习近平南海检阅海军：建设一支强大的人民海军 时间:2018-04-13 单词数:3260
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SANYA, April 12 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping reviewed the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in the South China Sea Thursday morning, saying that the need to build a strong navy "has never been more urgent than today."
The navy review is the largest of its kind in the People’s Republic of China since its founding in 1949.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), called for efforts to build a first-class navy.
Taking part in the review were more than 10,000 service personnel, 48 vessels and 76 aircraft. They included the aircraft carrier Liaoning and latest submarines, vessels and fighter jets.
At around 9 a.m., Xi, clad in military fatigues, boarded the missile destroyer Changsha. Flags flew. The military band played the national anthem. Xi inspected the guard of honor on the deck before the destroyer set sail to where the review was to be conducted.
At 10 a.m., navy commander Shen Jinlong and political commissar Qin Shengxiang reported that the fleets were ready for review.
Xi gave the commencing order.
Soldiers saluted Xi as their fleets passed by.
"Salute to you, comrades," Xi called out to the soldiers.
"Hail to you, chairman," they replied.
"Comrades, thanks for your hard work."
"Serve the people."
Xi made a speech after the review, saying that it has always been China’s aspiration to have a strong navy, which serves as a key guarantee to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
He pledged to speed up the modernization of the navy.
"The Party and the people are proud of the PLA Navy," Xi said.
The officers and soldiers reacted with long applause.
Later, Xi watched four J-15 fighter jets take off from the aircraft carrier.
At the end, Xi went to the chart room and wrote down his name in the logbook.
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