World-class military by mid-21st century
Xi said at the opening session of the 19th CPC National Congress that the CPC will strive to fully transform the people's armed forces into a world-class military by the mid-21st century.
The modernization of the national defense and armed forces should be basically completed by 2035, Xi said.
A view of the PLA Navy parade in the South China Sea, April 12, 2018. /Photo via jz.81.cn
The CPC will build a powerful and modernized army, navy, air force, rocket force, and strategic support force, develop strong and efficient joint operations commanding institutions for theater commands, and create a modern combat system with distinctive Chinese characteristics, he added.