Xinhua recently reported that the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress just passed major amendments to the National Defense Law. The newly amended law established “Xi Jinping Thought” as the guiding principle in national defense activities and it enhanced the National Military Commission Chairman Accountability System. The amendments also defined new areas of national security and the need to defend the national interests in these areas. Xi Jinping’s foreign relationship principles have also been applied to policy directions on military related foreign affairs. The new amendments “decisively” clarified and reinforced the concept of “all-people national defense.” It requires that “all state organizations and armed forces, all political parties and people’s organizations, and all enterprises and institutions, social organizations and other organizations” must “support and participate” in national defense duties, and complete assigned national defense tasks. All citizens must strengthen their awareness of national defense. Students and public officials should also take military training or receive national defense education.
Source: Xinhua, December 26, 2020