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Efforts urged to boost military-civilian solidarity

Updated: Jul 29,2016 8:55 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping has called for renewed efforts to boost solidarity between the military, government and the public, when meeting with award-receiving role models on July 29.

President Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), met with representatives from model organizations and individuals who are in Beijing to receive awards for promoting military-civilian solidarity.

Premier Li Keqiang also met with the representatives.

Calling for relentless efforts to maintain military-civilian solidarity, President Xi called on the military and civilian sectors to be like-minded and work in synergy, which would help the country realize the great rejuvenation of the nation.

He said the tradition of boosting military-civilian solidarity was a characteristic of the CPC, the military and the people of China.

The seamless solidarity between the military, government and public is an important guarantee for China to weather storms and march from triumph to triumph, President Xi said.

Noting the world is undergoing profound changes, he called for constant improvement and keeping up with the times. “The work to boost military-civilian solidarity should play its role as bridge and bond,” he said.

Calling the ongoing national defense and military reform “across-the-board” and “revolutionary,” President Xi said it commanded support from all sectors.

He called for solid content and diversified forms of the work to promote military-civilian unity, in order to support the Party and state work, as well as the construction of national defense and armed forces.

While addressing the award ceremony, Premier Li Keqiang called for setting up military-civilian coordination mechanisms for services in peacetime and supporting the front in wartime.

He underscored the allocation of priority to use of land for military purposes and construction of roads for national defense needs, while improving support facilities for war readiness and medical uses, as well as public services.

Enterprises with competitive edge should be guided to participate in research and manufacturing of military products, Premier Li said, adding that more should be done to help officers and soldiers with any difficulties.

He ordered special measures and policies to ensure demobilized soldiers are offered jobs, saying that Party and government agencies, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and public institutions, especially centrally-administered SOEs, should employ more demobilized soldiers.

Demobilized soldiers who start their own businesses or engage in innovation should be given support, according to Premier Li.

He also stressed the constant improving of welfare for the disabled and families of the deceased, as well as a guarantee that retired military cadres receive proper benefits.

In addition, more support should be given to soldiers’ families in terms of relocation, employment and schooling, he said.

At the ceremony, awards were presented to 416 cities, districts and counties, 64 organizations, as well as 100 individuals.

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