The People’s Liberation Army launched large-scale exercises that will last for three months and involve multiple branches and military regions on Friday, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily.
The move is a response to the joint military exercise held by the United States, India and Japan off Japan’s southern coast from July 25 to 30, according to Agence France-Presse.
Chinese president Xi Jinping and the Central Military Commission recently approved the exercises named Huoli-2014, which will include ten cross-district army exercises from July to September and mobilizes seven military zones, air forces, four colleges and multiple bases and shooting ranges. The China Maritime Safety Administration also announced it is to hold live-fire military exercises in the East China Sea from 12am to 6pm daily between July 29 and Aug. 15.
The Chinese military has held ten cross-district live fire drills since mid-July. The country’s six military regions are expected to dispatch ten army troops with long-range rockets, artillery units and air defense brigades to take part in the drill soon. The exercises will be held for three months coinciding with another two-month military exercise named Kuayue-2014 Zhurihe that has been ongoing in Inner Mongolia since July, according to state-run Xinhua News Agency.
Full article: PLA holds 3-month long exercises (Want China Times)