China's Xi Says Beijing 'Ready to Fight' Potential Invaders

Xi Jinping

During the tribute to the Chinese martyrs who participated in that conflict, whose aim was to resist the U.S. aggression and help the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Xi Jinping highlighted the historical importance of that war.

Chinese troops, redesignated as the People's Volunteer Army, crossed into North Korea in October 1950 to assist their fellow Communist regime, which was being rapidly pushed back toward the border with China by the combined forces of South Korea and the United Nations.

"The war also safeguarded the peaceful life of the Chinese people, stabilized the situation in the Korean Peninsula and upheld peace in Asia and the world", Xi said.

President Donald Trump has continually blamed Beijing for deliberately spreading the deadly disease around the world - an accusation China denies.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), delivered a speech at the event, urging the nation to remember history, carry forward the spirit of the CPV and advance socialism with new characteristics.

With tensions again running high between Beijing and Washington, China is making much of the 70th anniversary of its forces entering the fight, both for domestic consumption as well as a warning to its superpower rivals.

Beijing frequently uses war anniversaries to fire thinly covered warnings to the USA of the military strength of the "new China".

Eight months after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Korean War broke out in June 1950.

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By commemorating the anniversary "China is declaring to the USA that it was not afraid of the U.S. in the past, and is still not afraid of the United States now", said Shi Yinhong, professor of worldwide politics at Renmin University. "Without a strong army, there can be no strong motherland".

President Xi said the victory is a declaration that the Chinese have stood firm in the East, adding that the victory laid a foundation for New China's status in Asian and global affairs. While touching on numerous same points about the war's historical significance, Xi's remarks back then noticeably lacked the not-so-subtle rebukes and warnings aimed at Washington found in Friday's speech.

Xi did not directly refer to the United States, whose ties with China have sunk to their lowest in decades amid escalating disputes with the administration of President Donald Trump.

He said the Chinese nation will never cower before threats, or be subdued by suppression. Earlier Friday morning, Xi gave a 42-minute speech to mark the country's participation in what it calls the "War to resist US aggression and aid [North] Korea", sending a message to Washington that it is not intimidated by USA power.

"After arduous battles, Chinese and North Korean troops, armed to their teeth, defeated their opponents, shattering the myth of the invincibility of the U.S. military, and forcing the invaders to sign the armistice agreement on July 27, 1953", Xi said.

"Pursuing unilateralism, protectionism and extreme egoism leads nowhere". Blackmail, blockades and extreme pressure will simply get nowhere. Acting in one's own way and serving one's own interests will not work.

Any act of unilateralism, monopolism and bullying would not work and would only lead to a dead end, Xi said in a speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, which took place amid rising tensions with the United States.

CNN's James Griffiths contributed to this article.

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