China’s military has begun a series of live-fire drills involving more than 140,000 troops that aim to improve joint operational command.
The four main branches of the People’s Liberation Army have over the past two days launched exercises in the Chengdu and Nanjing military regions, state media said. The drills — code named Joint Action-2015 — are among five training sessions involving the army, navy, air force and the Second Artillery Corps, the nuclear weapons unit, the official PLA Daily said.
China plans 100 joint exercises this year as the country’s largely untested military steps up efforts to sharpen combat- readiness at a time of rising tensions over territorial disputes with Asian neighbors. President and commander-in-chief Xi Jinping has boosted military spending and pushed the PLA, the world’s largest military with 2.3 million active members, to enhance its ability to fight and win battles.
Full article: China stages live military drills code named ‘Joint Action-2015’ that involve over 140,000 troops (Vancouver Sun)