A GROUP of senior generals has vowed to redouble efforts to fight 'hegemonism and power politics'. In a seminar on the future role of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), National Defence University leaders and 25 generals studying there said China had to raise its guard against the West's 'containment policy'. 'Motivated by their concerns of global strategic interests, some Western powers do not want to see the Chinese people . . . take the road of self-reliance to achieve their national revitalisation and make China prosperous and strong,' Xinhua (the New China News Agency) last night quoted the generals as saying. 'They are trying to contain China and stop its development.' The university's political commissar, General Wang Maorun, said China's progress in science and technology meant it was possible for the PLA to improve its weaponry with 'limited military spending'. The generals expressed confidence that the PLA could contribute to national reunification, saying the coming 15 years would be an important period for taking back Taiwan. Xinhua quoted them as expressing satisfaction over the war games conducted along the Chinese coast. But the top brass underscored the imperative of total obedience to the Communist Party. They reiterated their willingness to contribute fully to economic construction. The generals disclosed that from 1980 to 1994, the PLA had contributed 400 million work days to regional infrastructure projects, and about 23.65 million machines and pieces of equipment had been used. 'The generals share the view that the PLA and the armed police have not only become an iron and steel wall guarding the motherland but also a strong force contributing to the the country's economic development,' Xinhua said. 'PLA servicemen took part in the construction of almost every major state project.'