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Xi Calls for Boosting China’s Navy as Army Marks Anniversary

President Xi Jinping called for China to bolster its maritime forces while using peaceful means to settle disagreements, as the country seeks to balance its push for greater influence in Asia against its territorial claims.

To be able to deal with a variety of “complex situations,” China must improve its ability to safeguard its maritime rights, Xi said during a study session before the 86th anniversary today of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.