Beijing, China (Reuters): President Xi Jinping told military delegates to the annual meeting of parliament that China's military needs to promote technological innovation as the "key" to its upgrading and modernization.
Xi is overseeing a sweeping modernization of the country's armed forces, the largest in the world, including stealth jet, anti-satellite missiles and advanced submarines, seeking to project power far from its shores.
The report paraphrased Xi as saying, "Efforts should be made to provide greater science and technology support for the People's Liberation Army."
"We must have a greater sense of urgency to push for science and technology innovation and advancement with greater determination and efforts."
There have been protests in recent months by demobilized soldiers complaining of a lack of support.
The military is also reeling from a concerted crackdown on deep-seat corruption, part of Xi's broader war against graft in China.
Xi told the military delegates that "crushing momentum in fighting corruption has been realized".