President Hu Jintao has urged the country's military industry to improve its quality and efficiency in weaponry research and production so as to promote the modernization of national defense and the army.
Hu made the remarks in a congratulatory letter addressed to a meeting held Thursday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the country's military industry.
In October 1931, the Revolutionary Military Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee set up a weapons factory in a village in east China's Jiangxi Province, marking the birth of the country's military industry.
Over the past 80 years, the industry has transformed from improvising indigenous methods to making guns and ammunition to independently developing state-of-the-art weaponry, realizing a comprehensive industrial system featuring modern science and technology for national defense.
While greeting workers in the industry, Hu hailed their contributions to China's independence, the liberation of the people as well as boosting the country's national power and defense strengths.
At the meeting, Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang urged the industry to give "absolute priority" to the research and manufacture of weaponry, striving to achieve breakthroughs in core technology with independent innovation in science and technology projects.
Zhang also called upon the army to foster closer ties with civilians and attract more talented people so to increase scientific development of the country's defense science and technology industry.
The anniversary meeting also received written remarks from other top leaders including Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang.