Full coverage: 2017 NPC & CPPCC Sessions
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for closer integration between civilian leadership and the military, and highlighted the role of science and technology in upgrading the country's defense capability.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, meets with deputies from grassroots units to the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) after a panel discussion in Beijing, capital of China, March 12, 2017. Xi joined a panel discussion with deputies to the 12th NPC from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at the annual session of the NPC in Beijing on Sunday. (Xinhua/Li Gang)
President Xi, who sits as chair of the Central Military Commission, spoke to lawmakers from the People's Liberation Army on Sunday during the NPC's annual session. He said the government should work to provide greater science and technology support for the armed forces.