Amid Tensions With US, Taiwan, Xi Calls For Military Growth

Chinese leader Xi Jinping made the comments Sunday at the start of the Chinese Communist Party Congress.

  • Xi Jinping called for faster military development and announced no change in policies that have strained relations with Washington  and Asia neighbors.
  • The leader set the priorities amid a slump in China’s economy, the world’s second-largest economy.
  • “The next five years will be crucial,” Xi said in a televised, nearly two-hour speech before roughly 2,000 delegates in the Great Hall of the People.
  • His repeatedly called for the “rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” returning it the a world economic and social leader.
  • The 69-year-old Xi is expected to award himself a third five-year term as the country’s general secretary.