Optimization urged in training for military pilots
President Xi Jinping urged on Thursday optimizing training for future
Chinese military pilots to increase their fighting capability in modern
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China
Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission,
stressed further reform and innovation as well as continuous efforts to
He specified the requirements during a visit to the Aviation
University of the Air Force in Changchun, Jilin province, ahead of
China's Army Day on Aug 1. The university traces its roots to 1946 and
the first aviation school of the People's Liberation Army. Xi urged the
students to honor the school's illustrious history and traditions.
On the training field, Xi inspected the pilots during cardio and
anti-vertigo training. He asked the trainees to work hard and smart, and
contribute to China's military development.
Xi also inspected a drone lab, where he said unmanned warfare is
profoundly changing the character of war. The university should
strengthen research into unmanned warfare and real combat training,
enhance the development of drone studies and train more talent in the
command and control of unmanned aircraft, he said.
After hearing reports on the university, Xi said the strategy of
using talent to strengthen the army must be implemented in every part of
the military education process. Pilot training should also be optimized
to meet the profession's needs, thereby increasing training efficiency,
Military pilot instruction and exercises should focus on real combat,
and should keep up with the demands and doctrines of modern warfare, Xi
said. This includes more specialized professions, supporting teaching
staff, creating new training models and other means to comprehensively
Research into frontier sciences, nurturing new talent and honing new,
high-quality fighting capabilities are also key items for reform of the
PLA Air Force, he added.
On behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military
Commission, Xi also extended Army Day greetings to the personnel of the
People's Liberation Army, the People's Armed Police Force, the militia
and the reserve force.
Inspection trip to Siping
On Wednesday, during his inspection trip to Siping in Jilin, Xi
underlined the importance of adopting effective measures to protect the
fertile black soil of Northeast China, saying that it should be cared
for as if it were the "panda of farmlands".
Xi noted that the black-soil fields of the northeastern region, which
are capable of producing high agricultural yields, face problems of
Northeast China is one of the country's most important grain production areas.
He visited a demonstration zone for green food production in Siping
before checking the growth of corn crops and the cultivation of black
Also on Wednesday, Xi visited the memorial hall for the Siping battle of the Chinese People's War of Liberation (1946-49).
Xi recalled the arduous journey of the Chinese revolution, saying
that it was the lives of revolutionary martyrs that ensured the
"We must keep firmly in mind that New China did not come easily," he said.