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Friday, August 25, 2006

High Technology War Exercise by China's Military

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 Aug. 24.

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.

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