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Chinese military exercises include simulated attack on Taiwan: report

Taipei, July 22 (CNA) A building with an appearance similar to Taiwan's Presidential Office has been spotted in a video clip of a Chinese military drill, triggering speculation that the annual exercise mainly centered on simulating an attack on Taiwan, according to reports by Chinese online news services Wednesday. The reports, including one by the Guancha Syndicate (????), pointed out that the 3-minute video clip broadcast on the state-run China Central Television channel July 5, features special forces personnel sprinting into a five-story building with a tower in one of the Stride 2015 Zhurihe series of exercises by the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Citing unnamed Chinese military experts, the reports said the building is "at a height similar to that of Taiwan's Presidential Office," speculating that the simulated goal of the Zhurihe military drills was likely "to resolve the Taiwan issue through military force." Meanwhile, the Jiefangjun Bao (PLA daily) reported Tuesday that series C of the Stride 2015 Zhurihe exercises focuses on the PLA's trying to "win a battle aimed at gaining control of major urban strongholds" by using new strategies effectively. The Chinese military kicked off Stride 2015 Zhurihe live-fire exercises at the Zhurihe Training Base in Inner Mongolia last month. The annual drills involved seven military commands and 10 combined armed brigades. The series C drill was still taking place at Zhurihe, China's largest and most modern military training base and the only one where the PLA can hold large-scale joint exercises. The Jiefangjun Bao cited PLA brigade head Ding Chao (??) as saying that during the series C exercise, the simulated urban combat sites were copied from real city environments. Many modern combat facilities, including drones and surveillance aircraft, were mobilized to gather intelligence about the drill's blue army military deployments for the reference of the rival red army in mapping out combat and logistic plans, the report said. (By Charles Kang and Elizabeth Hsu)

Updated : 2021-09-26 11:42 GMT+08:00