China to Develop Army, National Defense: Communique
(Source: Xinhua; issued November 12, 2013)
BEIJING --- The Communist Party of China (CPC) will strive to clear obstacles hindering the developmental trajectory of national defense and the army, said a communique released after a key meeting on reform.

The Party's goal is an army that "obeys the Party's command, is capable of winning battles and has a sound work style," said a communique released after the third plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, which closed here Tuesday.

"Great effort should be put to solving outstanding conflicts and problems that hinder development of national defense and the army," said the communique.

The communique urged innovation and development of military theories; strengthening of strategy guidance; improving military strategies and policies in the new era; and building a modern military with Chinese characteristics.

The document urged deepening reform of army establishments, pushing forward army policy adjustments, while pushing forward harmony between the army and civilians.

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