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China's Military Holds High Technology War Exercise

File photo: China's PLA soldiers during a training excercise. Photo courtesy of AFP.
by Staff Writers
Beijing, China (AFP) Aug 25, 2006
China's military has conducted a first-ever war exercise involving joint forces at a northern training base to test its high-technology combat capabilities, state media said Thursday. More than 20,000 personnel participated in the exercise code-named "North Sword -- 0607(S)", which was organized by the People's Liberation Army's Beijing Area Command, the Xinhua news agency said.

It was the first joint exercise involving troops from a PLA area command, the Air Force, the Second Artillery and the Chinese People's Armed Police, Xinhua cited military sources as saying.

A thousand tanks, armored vehicles and troop carriers were involved in "fierce battles" on the site covering 1,000 square kilometers (400 square miles), Xinhua said.

Thirty-five experts from the National University of Defense were on hand to monitor and assess procedures, according to the department directing the exercise.

The "Red Army" division conducted a series of drills to test long-distance maneuverability under complicated conditions, while under assault from "Blue Army" troops, using "electromagnetic" equipment, Xinhua said.

The sources gave no dates or timescale for the drill, said Xinhua.

It did not explain the purpose of the exercise and who the potential enemy may be.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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