China to conduct digital warfare drills ahead of Obama-Xi meet

Ahead of President Xi Jinping’s maiden meeting with his US counterpart Barack Obama, China today said it will conduct the first ever exercise to test new types of combat forces, including units using digital technology to practice cyber war.

The announcement came amid media reports that Chinese hackers have breached the designs of critical US weapons systems.

It will be the first time that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) exercise focused on combat forces including digitalised units, special operations forces, army aviation and electronic counter forces, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The drill will be carried out in late June at the Zhurihe training base in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the country’s largest military training field.

Forces from the 38th and 68th combined corps of the Beijing Military Area Command as well eight military academies will participate, according to the department.

Full article: China to conduct digital warfare drills ahead of Obama-Xi meet (The Economic Times)

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