Teng Hsiao-ping, China's senior Vice-Premier and Chief of the General Staff spoke at a reception in Peking on Monday (31 July) to mark the 51st anniversary of the People's Liberation Army.
Teng Hsiao-ping, China's senior Vice-Premier and Chief of the General Staff spoke at a reception in Peking on Monday (31 July) to mark the 51st anniversary of the People's Liberation Army. he urged the army and the people of China to prepare against war.
SYNOPSIS: The reception took place in the Great Hall of the People in Peking.
The reception was attended by Communist Party Chairman Hua Kuo-feng and Vice-Chairman Yeh Chien-ying, who arrived with Cambodian guests. Vice-Premier Teng is the Vice Chairman of the Military Commission of the Chinese Communist Party.
The reception was broadcast to about 200 million people who listened on radio and television throughout China to Vice-Premier Teng's address.
Chairman Hua was the Vice-Premier's side when the paid tribute to the late Chairman Mao Tse-tung, Premier Chou En-lai and Chu Teh, the former Army Commander, for what he called "their immortal historical contributions in liberating the country and founding a new China." But the main topic of the speech was the building of the military. The Great Hall was filed to capacity with Party members.
Premier Teng told the Army and the Chinese people, to "get prepared against war, race against time and speed up China's race in striving to make the country great, powerful and modern socialist country." he said the struggles between the super-powers for world hegemony is intensifying. In an apparent reference to the Soviet Union he said"a late coming superpower is engaging in hectic arms expansion and war preparations." He stressed the importance of military and political training of the Chinese militia in raising their combat capabilities. China, he said, must improve air defence, step up research in national defence sciences and technology, and raise the production of the defence industry to speed up the modernisation of the People's Liberation Army. AT a recent conference the Premier said that the guerrilla warfare policies advocated by the late Mao Tse-tung are not applicable today. Premier Teng said Mao Tse-tung had always discussed problems "in the light of different times, places and conditions."