China war threat: Beijing prepares for conflict with rare military exercise for civilians

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China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched a joint mission with non-military personnel in order to simulate a real life war situation. The joint-operation sanctioned by the Government of Chongqing in southwestern China practised a series of operational drills to mobilise vital combat equipment.

On Saturday, military forces took over a Chinese car-making factory to rapidly modify equipment to enable it to successfully move heavy-duty tanks across the county.

During one of the exercises, staff had to convert a 20-tonne trailer in order to transport a 40-tonne Type 59 battle tank, military news site JS7tv reports.

Workers had a limited time to alter the width of the trailer and well as paint other equipment in camouflage disguise.

Pictures released by the military outlet shows the large green tank being carefully loaded on a waiting red-trailer.

A PLA soldier can be seen standing on the back on waving the steel machine forward.

The aim of the project was to enable the tank to move faster across the mainland in order to reach enemy targets.

According to the report the transformation took around eight hours.

Upon completion, another image shows a relay of three lorries travelling down a motorway – each with a tank exposed and strapped to its trailer.

The surreal image shows the concourse going over a bridge and travelling alongside ordinary cars.

At the factory, car production lines were also shifted to make all-terrain light combat vehicles.

According to Chinese state media, the exercise demonstrated the country’s “industrial potential during wartime”.

It added the operation could also be used for emergency disaster relief.

Chinese Communist Party newspaper the Global Times insisted the drills would continue until the end of the month

Just days after preparations for war were made on land, the PLA conducted an exercise in the sea.

The PLA released footage of a landing drill being conducted in the disputed South China Sea.


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The drill took place off the southern Chinese province of Guangdong and showed soldiers storming the beaches during a joint operation with the Chinese Navy.

The war games took place on Tuesday and are set to continue until November 30.

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