High school pupils from Hengyang in the central Chinese province of Hunan take part in a military training exercise. Photo: Xinhua
High school pupils from Hengyang in the central Chinese province of Hunan take part in a military training exercise. Photo: Xinhua

Why Chinese students have to start the academic year with a short spell of military service

A two-week spell in fatigues is an annual rite of passage for young Chinese, but it sometimes brings controversy in its wake

High school pupils from Hengyang in the central Chinese province of Hunan take part in a military training exercise. Photo: Xinhua
High school pupils from Hengyang in the central Chinese province of Hunan take part in a military training exercise. Photo: Xinhua
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