China preparing to defend ‘national sovereignity and security’ in 2019

03-Jan-2019 Intellasia | 9news | 6:00 AM Print This Post

China is preparing for “a period of major change never seen in a century”, which could risk international conflict and threaten to damage the country’s national security.

In a New Year speech to ring in 2019, President Xi Jinping said China plans to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Communism in the country this year by remaining “resolute and confident in its defence of its national sovereignty and security.”

“Our country has braved thorny paths and confronted stormy weather over the past seventy years,” he said in the address.

“Our people are the country’s solid foundation and our main source of confidence to govern.

The speech comes as China is set to celebrate 70 years of Communism in the country this year. (AAP)

The speech comes as China is set to celebrate 70 years of Communism in the country this year. (AAP)

“Through the years, the Chinese people have been self-reliant and worked diligently to create Chinese miracles that the world has marvelled at.

“Looking at the world at large, we’re facing a period of major change never seen in a century… And China’s sincerity and goodwill to safeguard world peace and promote common development will remain unchanged.”

In the address, President Xi spoke of the Chinese economic, environmental, societal and political achievements he believed stood out in 2018 as a reflection of the country’s strength internationally.

“The world has seen China’s accelerating reform and opening up, and its determination to carry it forward,” he said.

“China’s reforms will never stop, and its doors will only open ever wider.”

The address comes as a possible international confrontation with China in the East China Sea appears to be looming in 2019 over territorial claims.


In 2018, China’s legislature passed an amendment removing term limits for Party leaders, permitting the increasingly authoritarian Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely.

Under President Xi, China’s territorial strength in the South China Sea has increased with the building of artificial islands and the claiming of international shipping routes and regions that other countries also use.

For Australia, a military conflict with China remains a possibility this year despite strong trade relations, according to security expert and RMIT Professor Joe Siracusa.

“There’s a possibility of that based on unintended consequences,” he told last week.

“If a Chinese patrol boat fires on an Australian vessel, we’re at war. If they fire on a US vessel, we’re at war.”

He also said there was “no debate” about where Australia would land in any potential conflict between the US and China.

“We’ll go with America,” he said.

“For the simple reason that our military is inoperable without the US military. You know, we’re not going to be independent, at any time.

“We’ll go down with the US in a blaze of glory if we have to, but we’ll go with them.”



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