UPDATED 10:09 AM PT — Friday, November 8, 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on his country’s air force to build itself into a world class military force. The call comes as Chinese media released undated footage of high-altitude military exercises in Tibet. According to local media, two stealth fighters were involved in the exercises, which use precision guidance systems to attack remote targets.
This comes as President Xi celebrated the 70th anniversary of the air force, and asked its officers to focus on building a strong military for the new era.
“I ask you comrades to implement into depth the Party’s thought on building a strong army in the new era, implement the military strategy and principles in the new era, firmly remember the original aspiration and mission, carry forward the glorious traditions and dare to innovate and overtake, striving to make the PLA Air Force the top-notch air force in the world,” stated the Chinese president.
Chinese leaders reportedly laid out a plan to build what they have called the world’s best armed forces no later than 2049. Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the U.S. military needs help from private companies if it wants to keep up its artificial intelligence race against China.