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PLA trains to fight Asian enemy allied with English-speaking 'third force'

Scenarios involve fighting Asian enemy allied with America over disputed islands

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 February, 2013, 5:48am

It could have been just another routine military drill with the pseudo enemy's jets retreating. But then the pilots of the People's Liberation Army were caught off guard by chatter over the radio - in English.

By the time they had figured out that they had to confront a third party, their field command - an early-warning plane - had already been shot down, the PLA Daily reported.

Analysts said the inclusion of an English-speaking third party in PLA drills was aimed at sending a message that the Chinese military is preparing for possible intervention by the United States if China clashes militarily with neighbouring countries over territorial disputes.

The "third party" was a surprise scenario added to the drill to strengthen the air force's real combat response capability, the army newspaper said.

The drill took place early last month. As a battle between the PLA air force and its pseudo opponent, the "blue army", reached its climax, the PLA pilots suddenly heard in English over the radio: "Target on a radial 180.60." Followed by "Roger," the PLA Daily reported.

"Who is that? Why is there a foreign language?" some PLA pilots asked, according to the newspaper.

The shooting down of the "red army" airborne command centre forced its air force land commander to withdraw all fighter jets and change strategy to deal with the crisis, it reported.

"The 'third party force' was another surprise scenario we provisionally added to the drill with the aim of making our training more like real combat," the daily quoted drill director Jing Jianfeng as saying.

Ni Lexiong , the director of the sea power and defence policy research institute at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, said: "The 'third party' scenario simulated how the PLA would have to react if it was attacked by both the Japanese army and the US air force.

"The PLA report was also aimed at letting Japan and other Asian countries know that the PLA is prepared for all possible military clashes over territory in the East and South China seas."

Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said the appearance of a "third party force" would become common in PLA training.

The drill was a good example of the PLA's ability to meet the goal of "being prepared for real combat and for victory" which party chief Xi Jinping had demanded," Li said.

Xi reiterated his call for the army to enhance its fighting capabilities through real combat training after he became chairman of the Central Military Commission in November.


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To redpecker:
You must have recieved a great deal of "national education" in order to become that upset/offended.
how do u value a nation's dignity? would u consider Hongkong as little rocks? if u considered 'rocks' which belongs to u legally then how do justify keeping China as a Nation? why not let Taiwan, Xinjiang etc go? u stupid ignorant ****.. no offence.but u must b white ppl to talk like that!!!
Thanks for the racist comment, little ****. That is what we need. Let's stop the political correctness and get right down to good, old fashioned racist epithets. It makes the debate more enjoyable. It is what I love about things over here. Racism is only what happens toward Chinese. Chinese could never be racist. Ha, ha.
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Even the thought of sacrificing human life for some uninhabitable, silly rocks in the ocean is perverse. Only politicians who never experienced a war could possibly see it as an option to solve "problems." Should there be an armed conflict between China and the rest of the world, China will suffer extremely high losses for little gain - same as in the China-Vietnam border war. The political and economical fallout will haunt China for a long time. Whatever resources there might be under these rocks in the ocean, jointly extract and share and then move on!
Thank you for this comment, since I think the same way. War might seem like the expression of power by a nation but at the end it is only the suffering and unnecessary death of young people. In the second worl war, China and Korea suffered under Japan's rule and Japan in return receive two atomic bomb that killed civilians, women and children and the US saw hundred of thousands of their young soldiers dies in horrible conditions and I am not talking about Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Europeeans, Canadians and Russians. War is never a good option.


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