China Takes Tough Line on Sovereignty Amid Territorial …

The Associated Press

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a tough line on national sovereignty Tuesday amid multiple territorial disputes with his country’s neighbors, saying China will never permit the loss of “any piece” of its land to outsiders.

Xi’s declaration came during a nearly one-hour speech in Beijing marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army, which is the world’s largest standing military, with 2.3 million members, and has formed a key pillar of support for the ruling Communist Party since 1927.




Image: Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping speaks during a ceremony to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.