By commemorating the anniversary "China is declaring to the U.S. that it was not afraid of the USA in the past, and is still not afraid of the United States now", said Shi Yinhong, professor of worldwide politics at Renmin University. "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".
His words, spoken to mark the 70th anniversary of China's entry into the Korean War, against American forces, were read as a veiled warning to the United States.
"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. Without mentioning that the war began on June 25, 1950, when North Korea invaded the South, Xi said the United States chose to intervene in the civil war, forcing China to participate to fight American imperialists and protect China's national security.
The Chinese President recalled that 70 years ago, Chinese troops and North Koreans defeated rivals and "destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the United States Army".
"We showed the world the courage of our armed forces to fight and win", he added, also indicating that about 197,000 Chinese died on the battlefield.
"As soon as provoked, issues will get ugly", Xi added, drawing loud applause from the plenty whereas calling for resolve in combating threats to China's pursuits posed by worldwide aggressors, the Wall Street Journal reported.
In his speech, Xi called the war victory "a declaration that the Chinese people have stood firm in the East, and an important milestone in the Chinese nation's march toward the great rejuvenation".
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. Relations with the USA dipped after President Donald Trump accused Beijing of letting the coronavirus spread after it originated in Wuhan, China.
"Xi is invoking the spirit of war in a broad sense".
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. Acting in one's own way and serving one's own interests will not work.
Ahead of Xi's speech, held before a packed audience at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing, the room rose to applaud a group of Chinese Korean War veterans who were in attendance, and held a moment of silence in tribute to the almost 200,000 Chinese soldiers killed in the conflict.
The South China is a highly contested area with China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines all laying claim to parts of the archipelago.
"Backwardness begets being bullied, and exclusively via improvement can we strengthen ourselves", Xi stated Friday. "In today's world, the pursuit of unilateralism, protectionism and extreme egoism leads nowhere", he said.
"China will never sit idly by and allow its national sovereignty, security and development interests to be undermined, and will never allow any individual or force to impair or divide this sacred territory", Xi said.
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