The Central Military Commission has poured new resources and material into coastal areas of Fujian, east Guangdong and west Zhejiang, which will form an 800-kilometre front line for a possible 'war of liberation' against Taiwan. And an East-South War Zone has been set up to co-ordinate the continuing manoeuvres off the 'breakaway island'. The zone, which incorporates the Nanjing War Zone and the Guangzhou War Zone, incorporates the operational wing of the policy-setting People's Liberation Army Taiwan Command Centre. Just-released instructions from the commission say that the 'war effort' along the coast will continue for the foreseeable future. Moreover, military and civilian units of the areas covered by the Nanjing and Guangzhou war zones, including Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan and Hubei, have been asked to give maximum contributions to the 'patriotic mobilisation'. 'In order to facilitate the expansion and supply of troops and material during wartime, national and local units must ensure that the PLA has priority over the allocation of resources and transportation,' one commission circular said. The circular indicated the commission was anxious to find an 'excuse' for starting hostilities, adding that stepped-up American involvement in the Taiwan Strait might provide such a pretext. Military sources said if the commission decided to start hostilities, the East-South War Zone would be converted into a frontline command zone. The sources said sophisticated hardware and elite units from different divisions had also been sent to the front line from military regions outside the war zone. They added it was clear the manoeuvres and war preparations would go on 'well beyond' the March 23 presidential elections in Taiwan. Meanwhile, the Chinese Air Force has announced plans to change its training to focus on regional warfare with new technology. Xinhua (the New China News Agency) reported yesterday that training would concentrate on 'requirements of regional wars under hi-tech conditions'. Firing practice, night flights and offshore military training had been boosted. Similar training has been implemented for the Second Artillery Force, which is in charge of missiles.