Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping signed Central Military Commission Order No. 1, to “implement Xi Jinping’s thinking on strengthening the military,” “focus on war preparedness,” make better use of advanced technologies in training and weapons systems, and improve joint training and operations among the People’s Liberation Army’s military branches. One of Xi’s greatest concerns is preventing the independence of Taiwan and ensuring that United States support for Taiwan be militarily challenged by constant People’s Liberation Army (PLA) readiness.
It is worth noting that in the mobilization order for training issued on January 2, 2020, Xi Jinping stressed that the PLA should “keep a close eye on the powerful enemy (i.e. the U.S.), focus on actual combat training, and maintain a high state of alert to ensure that it is ready to assemble at the first call and is capable of fighting and winning.”