Xi Jinping visits Jinan Miltary District

Xinhua Amid ongoing tensions over the Diaoyu / Senkaku islands and China’s newly declared Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), Xinhua News Agency continued to feature images of the military prominently on its home page.

Although the top story today Saturday November 30 asked “Why are traffic jams in cities becoming worse and worse” (城市交通为何“越治越堵”?), the next most prominent story on the home page was titled “Xi Jinping: In an environment near to real combat, the army must toughen itself up and train (习近平:在近似实战的环境下摔打锻炼部队). Clicking through to the story, the page itself is headlined “Xi Jinping inspects Jinan Military District: Strive to construct perfect mastery of strategy and force” 习近平视察济南军区:努力建设全面过硬战略预备力量.

The English language China Daily also published a version of the story: Xi calls for stronger strategic reserve forces.