Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on senior security officials of the ruling Communist Party to upgrade the country’s national security system and warned them to be prepared for “worst-case scenarios” amidst escalating tensions with the United States.
During the inaugural meeting of the National Security Commission, President Xi, who is also the General Secretary of the Communist Party and Chairman of its Central Military Commission, emphasized the need for China to understand the current challenging security environment, according to state media.
Quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency, President Xi stated that the complexity and difficulty of national security issues facing China have significantly increased.
He added, “We must uphold final thinking and worst-case scenario thinking, be prepared to undergo major tests of winds and storms, and even treacherous and perilous waters.”
Earlier this year, President Xi openly accused Washington of attempting to “suppress” China and urged officials to increase efforts to protect China’s socialist development by building a framework for national security.
Under President Xi’s leadership, China has witnessed a significant shift in its policies, seeking to revive communism under his vision of “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.”
Since coming to power in 2012, Xi has veered away from economic liberalization and political reforms, instead opting for strict restrictions believed to prevent China from following the path of the Soviet Union.
The Chinese government has blamed the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, defining it as the failure of all ideologies and concepts that contradict the accepted narratives of the Communist Party.
In 2021, Xi ordered party members to study history and emphasized ideological adherence to the progress of the communist revolution.