Beijing: The Chinese military must strictly follow the leadership of the ruling Communist Party and obey its commands, President Xi Jinping who also heads the world`s largest standing army as well as the CPC, said on Monday.
Xi has stressed on efforts to ensure that troops strictly follow the leadership of CPC while on a tour of the Beijing Military Area Command, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
"We must make sure that troops obey the command of the Party and are absolutely loyal and reliable," he said. As the Chairman of the Military Commission, which controls the 2.3 million-strong army, Xi is the lone civilian in the high-powered military body.
The People`s Liberation Army like the other departments of the Chinese governments functioned under the CPC. Since he took over as the head of the military in November, Xi has been stressing the importance of the PLA to function under the party leadership, stamping out any debate in some circles that the military should be allowed to function as an arm of the nation like elsewhere in the world.
He has also introduced austerity measures in the military banning alcohol, luxury banquets and use of luxury vehicles in the military.
The Beijing Military Area Command, a military area command based in the capital city, has a special status and role, as well as a special mission, and it faces a special environment, Xi said.
Xi`s visit came just days ahead of the Army Day, which falls on August 1 and marks the 86th anniversary of the founding of the People`s Liberation Army.