On March 12, 2012, President Hu Jintao, who is also Chairman of the Central Military Commission, met with the military representatives attending the Fifth Session of the Eleventh National People’s Congress. Vice President Xi Jinping, who is also Vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, was present as well. Hu’s remarks at the meeting emphasized the role that the military plays in maintaining stability. “[The military] should adhere to the overall tone that progress is made amidst stability. … [The military must] pay more attention to safeguarding social stability and the security and stability of the military itself. …” Hu stated that the People’s Liberation Army must unswervingly adhere to the fundamental principle of the Communist Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces and must ensure, through strict discipline, that all political and military orders are carried out with no impediments.
Source: Huanqiu, March 13, 2012