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to the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) aft??er a panel discussion in Beijing, capital of China, March 12, 2017. Xi jo??ined a panel discussion with deputies to the 12th NPC from the People's L??iberation Army (PLA) at the annual session of the NPC in Beijing on Sunda??y. (Xinhua/Li Gang) Speaking to national lawmakers from the People's Lib??eration Army (PLA) at the ongoing annual parliamentary session, Xi, also ??general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee?? and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said efforts should be ??made to provide greater science and technology support for the PLA. Sinc??e the 18th CPC National Congress in late 2012, historic breakthrough in n??ational defense and military reform has been made, significant progress i??n combat readiness has been achieved, and crushing momentum in fighting c??orruption has been realized, h4

e said. Pointing to the profound changes b??rought by sci-tech advancement to people's lifestyles and the world's mil??itary development, Xi said, "We must have a greater sense of urgency to p??ush for sci-tech innovation and advancement with greater determination an??d efforts." He called for enhanced top-level design and strategic planni??ng in promoting military-civilian integration in national defense technol??ogy and military equipment, and strengthening military and civilian coope??ration in training high-quality military personnel. He urged the PLA to ??speed up the transition featuring better quality and performance with the?? intensive application of advanced technologies in army building. Civil ??technologies should better serve military purposes, and defense technolog??ies should be adapted and applied well for civil use, the president said.?? Efforts to improve the training system of military0

personnel should als??o be strengthened to foster a large number of high-quality military talen??t, Xi said, adding that enhancing scientific and technological attainment?? of officers and men should be a basic requirement for the PLA. He noted?? that the CPC Central Committee's decision to establish a central commiss??ion for integrated military and civilian development aims to reinforce ce??ntralized and unified leadership. Efforts should be made to remove instit??utional barriers a7

nd work out perfect policies for military and civilian ??integration. BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fa??n Changlong met with Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich Friday in Beijing. ?? Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong (1st R) meets ??with Vietnamese Minister of Defense Ngo Xuan Lich (1st L) in Beijing, capital of Ch??ina, Jan. 13, 2017. (Xinhua/Liu Fang) Fan said the Chinese military is ready to wo??rk with its Vietnamese counterpart to implement the important consensus reached bet??ween leaders of the Communist Party of China and Communist Party of Vietnam. Armie??s of the two countries should continue to enhance mutual truK


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st, properly manage and?? control disputes, and help push the China-Vietnam all-round strategic cooperative ??partnership to a new level, Fan said. Lich said Vietnam is willing to work with Ch??ina to expand pragmatic cooperation and promote the continuous development of the r??elationship between the two armi9

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es. Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan meets?? with Vietnamese Minister of Defense Ngo Xuan Lich in Beijing, capital of China, Ja??n. 13, 2017. (Xinhua/Liu Fang) Also on Friday Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanqu??an met with Lich. Chang expressed China's hopes to make joint efforts with the Viet??nameser

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side to ensure regional peace and stability. Chang proposed the cooperation?? between the two militaries in fields such as high-level contacts, personnel traini??ng, and border control. Lich said that the Vietnamese side is willing to continue ??frequent high-level interaction, deepen pragmatic cooperation anH


military upgrading. Chinese President Xi Ji??nping, also general secretaryw