President Xi Jinping warned on Friday that China was not afraid of war and would never allow its sovereignty, security and development interests to be undermined, in a muscular speech to mark 70 years since Chinese troops entered the Korean War.
"Arrogance, always doing as one pleases, acts of hegemony, overbearance or bullying will lead nowhere", Xi said, according to comments released by the official Xinhua News Agency. "The Chinese people will not create trouble but nor are we afraid, and no matter the difficulties or challenges that we face, our legs will not shake and our backs will not bend".
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while addressing a high-profile meeting in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) entering the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to fight in the war.
"The message is that we've done this before and we can do it again-if anything we can do it better now, we're much stronger", he said.
China and North Korea have worked to improve relations in the past two years after they deteriorated as Beijing backed a series of United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear activities.
Chinese and DPRK people and armies went through thick and thin, forging a great friendship with blood in the war, he said.
"The war also safeguarded the peaceful life of the Chinese people, stabilized the situation on the Korean Peninsula and upheld peace in Asia and the world", Xi said.
"The Chinese people understood that you must use the language that invaders can understand - to fight war with war and to stop an invasion with force, earning peace and respect through victory". It is first time in 20 years that the top leader of China gave a speech at the anniversary event.
The war victory laid a solid foundation for New China's important status in Asia and on global affairs, demonstrating the Chinese people's resolve to safeguard world peace, he said.
The war essentially fought to a bloody stalemate, is hailed in China as a victory and an example of resilience and spirit against a more advanced foe.
Although Xi didn't directly refer to Washington, his speech was clearly about standing up to the US, John Delury, a professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, told the Wall Street Journal.
Xi urged pooling national strength, fostering China's national valor, and keeping to right path and making innovations.
China and Taiwan separated in 1949, when the nationalists took refuge on the island, after losing the Civil War to the communists, who have governed the People's Republic of China ever since.
"Backwardness begets being bullied, and exclusively via improvement can we strengthen ourselves", Xi stated Friday.
"Pursuing unilateralism, protectionism and extreme egoism leads nowhere".
Friday's anniversary comes as the party is called out by US President Donald Trump, in a bitter row spanning trade, tech, human rights, and the status of Taiwan, which China says is an inviolable part of the mainland.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said that Beijing will never cower before any threat and China will not compromise on its sovereignty and the country's security, state-run media reported.
He added that China will "never allow any person or any force to violate and split the motherland's sacred territory".
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